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In order to appeal to adult learners, the Analytics in Medicine course utilizes active learning methodology to foster self-directed learning, critical thinking, communication skills, and acquisition of knowledge. The modified flipped classroom model requires weekly assigned reading and a written reflection exercise completed several days before face-to-face class time. The reflections are used to better inform course instructors regarding areas needing further explanation in person. In the weekly 2-hour class, students explore topics in-depth by incorporating active learning methods. Examples include think-pair-share or small group activities requiring movement, discussion, and reflection focusing on question prompts or application of principles (e.g., carousel method). The instructor continuously circulates to ensure student engagement and grasp of the material, allowing for areas of clarification to be immediately identified. Instructors often involve peers to coach one another as a method of continued active learning without going into “lecture mode.”
Las Vegas (Nev.)
UNLV Office of Faculty Affairs
Adult learners; Active learning methods
Ekroos, Rachell; Bester, Johan C.; and Wahi-Gururaj, Sandhya, "Active Learning: An Integrative Learning Approach for Adult Learners" (2020). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 92.