A survey to establish the extent of flipped classroom use prior to clinical skills laboratory teaching and determine potential benefits, challenges and possibilities

Molly Frendo Londgren, Sarah Baillie, Jennifer N Roberts, Ioana M Sonea

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Abstract

The flipped classroom is a technique that involves a reordering of classroom and at-home activities. Content provided prior to classroom interactions is used to prepare students for face-to-face classes. The flipped classroom has been shown to benefit students, including improving examination results, and there is increasing interest in using it in veterinary education. The current study aimed to investigate the potential of the flipped classroom approach to preparing students for practicals in a clinical skills laboratory. An online survey was distributed to the international veterinary clinical skills community to determine the extent to which a flipped classroom is used prior to teaching in a clinical skills laboratory and how educators viewed the benefits, challenges, and possibilities. There were 101 survey participants representing 22 countries, and all were involved in clinical skills teaching; 42 were using flipped classroom techniques prior to teaching in a clinical skills laboratory, and 55 others would consider using the technique in this context in the future. Videos were the most common resource used. The main benefits, experienced or anticipated, were positive changes in student behavior, including preparation and better use of time during practicals by both the students and instructors. The main challenges were the time needed for instructors to develop the materials, lack of student engagement with the flipped classroom, space in the curriculum, and institutional issues. In conclusion, many potential benefits could be realized with a flipped classroom approach embedded prior to clinical skills laboratory practicals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Early online date9 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • flipped classroom
  • clinical skills
  • clinical skills laboratory
  • clinical skills center
  • veterinary education

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