Category: Design Effective Learning Experiences


Team-Based Learning

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Last Updated:September 7, 2023 First Published:March 4, 2022   Team-based learning (TBL) is a student-centered instructional strategy that utilizes a flipped classroom model allowing students the opportunity to work in groups to solve authentic problems. TBL is a collaborative, active learning strategy that can be utilized in both large and small classrooms, and “supports the… Read More

Teaching in the Clinical Setting

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Last Updated:April 25, 2023 First Published:April 25, 2022   Prior to the start of a clinical rotation or experience, faculty should discuss their expectations of learner performance with the learners. Topics to discuss should include goals and objectives/outcomes, teaching strategies, evaluation and feedback techniques, daily schedule, clinical duties, case presentations, writing notes, supervision hierarchy, modes… Read More

Syllabus Design

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Last Updated:April 24, 2023 First Published:April 22, 2022   Course syllabi provide students and faculty with a road map for successfully navigating a course including details about content, requirements, assignments, assessments, policies, resources, schedule, expectations, and responsibilities. In addition, syllabi act as an agreement (invitation) between the faculty and students about how the course will… Read More

Student Engagement

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Author: Amy Hall, EdD June 22, 2022   When students are engaged with course content, they are actively involved in the learning process and constructing their own knowledge (Delialioglu, 2012). Instructors who engage students make learning meaningful, gain and keep their attention, and motivate them to pursue excellence. Engagement strategies include setting clear expectations, implementing… Read More

Service Learning

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Last Updated:October 16, 2023 First Published:March 30, 2022   According to Seifer and Connors (2007), “service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities” (p. 5). Service-learning activities promote learning via active participation in real-life experiences… Read More

Problem-Based Learning

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Last Reviewed:February 15, 2024 First Published:February 10, 2022   Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered, active learning strategy where students work in small groups (4-6 members) to solve complex, real-world problems that can have multiple solutions. While similar to case-based and team-based learning in that student groups solve problems, PBL emphasizes the student’s role in… Read More

Online Learning

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Last UpdatedOctober 16, 2023 First PublishedApril 12, 2022   Online learning has been described as internet-based course(s) that occur synchronously (real-time) and/or asynchronously (not in real-time). During online courses, students and faculty engage in learning through the use of technology, e.g., Blackboard. Benefits of online learning include convenience (24/7 access), flexibility, student-centered learning, and expansion… Read More

Learning Theory in the Health Sciences

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Last Updated:May 24, 2023 First Published:May 23, 2022   Theory and Key Theorists How learning occurs Key Principles Best used to teach Learning Activities Behaviorism Pavlov, Watson, Skinner, Thorndike A change in behavior   Observable behavior is learning focus Environment influences learning Reinforcement is key Clinical Skills Procedural Skills Simulation case scenarios Observation of skills… Read More

Learning Outcomes

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Last Reviewed:February 8, 2024 First Published:August 11, 2022   Learning outcomes, frequently interchanged with the term learning objectives, are measurable statements that describe what students should know, be able to do, and value by the end of an educational experience, course, program, etc. Learning outcomes communicate the major components of the educational experience to the… Read More

Leading A Class Discussion

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Last Updated:January 23, 2024 First Published:January 5, 2023   Class discussions offer many pedagogical benefits, including building community and offering faculty the chance to informally assess student learning. These class discussions can take many forms, including structured, semi-structured, or informal discussion sessions. When planning a class discussion, it is helpful to have a clearly defined goal for the session. In addition to establishing a goal, faculty should consider what preparation… Read More