Designing Flipped Classrooms to Enhance Learning in the Clinical Skills Laboratory

Sarah Baillie, Annelies Decloedt, Molly Frendo Londgren

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Abstract

Flipped classroom is an educational technique in which content is delivered online for students to study at their own pace as preparation for in class learning. Benefits include increased flexibility, enhanced student engagement and satisfaction, and more effective use of time spent during face-to-face teaching. However, the development and implementation of flipped classroom teaching is also associated with challenges including the time required to develop the learning materials and getting students to engage with the preparatory work. This teaching tip describes a structured approach to designing and implementing the flipped classroom approach for clinical skills to allow a greater focus on practicing the hands-on skills and the provision of feedback during the laboratory session. First, the rationale for flipping the classroom and the expected benefits should be considered. On a practical level, decisions need to be made about what to include in the flipped component, how it will complement the face-to-face class and how the resources will be created. In the design phase, adopting a structured template and aligning with established pedagogical principles is helpful. A well-designed flipped classroom motivates learners by including different elements such as quality educational media (e.g. videos), the opportunity to self-assess, and well-defined connections to relevant knowledge and skills. Student engagement with the flipped material can be promoted through different strategies such as clear communication to manage student expectations and adapting the delivery of the face-to-face component. Finally, gathering feedback and evaluating the initiative are important to inform future improvements.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Early online date9 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • flipped classroom
  • clinical skills
  • clinical skills laboratory
  • veterinary education
  • online learning

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