'Flipped Classroom' Format to Be Piloted at FMX in Denver

May 01, 2015 09:30 am Chris Crawford

Learners at the 2015 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in Denver will be treated to a first for this venue: the chance to participate in a CME course offered in a "flipped classroom" format.

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Shanna Eiklenborg, senior manager for live CME activities, told AAFP News that Jennifer Brull, M.D., of Plainville, Kan., will lead the session titled "Adult and Elderly Hypertension: Hypertension Best Practices," which will offer practical knowledge and strategies to better manage patients with hypertension.

Before attending the on-site session, participants will watch an interactive CME lecture video. Then at FMX, Brull will lead a small-group discussion based on what was learned.

"By applying (the flipped classroom format) to a live course, we will test how our learners respond to this method of learning and what challenges the AAFP faces through its infrastructure and course design in using this model for learning," said Eiklenborg.

The flipped classroom method is designed to optimize individual and group learning time. Activities that have traditionally been considered "homework" are moved into the live classroom and vice versa. Learners consume video lectures and complete their reading on their own time, saving classroom time for working as a group and engaging with the faculty and each other. Project time in the live classroom allows faculty to facilitate the learners' progress and answer questions.

"Spaced learning baked into this model greatly improves chances for storage in (learners') long-term memory," Eiklenborg said. "Increased interactivity in the live environment allows faculty to more easily detect errors in thinking among learners and correct them. (Viewing the video lectures at home) also allows learners to review information at their own pace, and they can watch the video or portions of the video multiple times to cement understanding."

Motivated, self-directed adult learners, in particular, are likely to thrive using the flipped classroom format, according to Eiklenborg. New physicians also should do well in this learning environment because it has been used in residency programs in recent years, so they probably have already experienced it.

For those who wish to find out more about flipped classroom learning, education-tech innovator Knewton offers a useful infographic.(www.knewton.com)

To sign up for the Adult and Elderly Hypertension flipped classroom course, start with a visit to the FMX registration page. From there, you can start planning your individualized CME experience.

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