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Sample Learning Activities
On this page you'll find a number of learning activities and strategies, from flipping your classroom to working with case studies, along with supporting documentation and information. In the meantime here are just a handful of learning activities that ATSU faculty like to employ:
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Cooperative learning is the process of breaking a classroom of students into small groups so they can discover a new concept together and help each other learn.
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which complex real-world problems are used as the vehicle to promote student learning of concepts and principles as opposed to direct presentation of facts and concepts.
It is worth noting that this approach differs from Case Based learning in the scope and degree of student participation.
Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a highly structured form of small-group learning that emphasizes student preparation out of class and application of knowledge in class. The groups of students remain the same throughout the entire course and the way in which students engage with the material is managed through a series of tests: first the Individual Readiness Assurance Test (iRAT) and then the Group Readiness Assurance Test (gRAT).
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Dolmans, D., Michaelsen, L., van Merriënboer, J., & van der Vleuten, C. (2015). Should we choose between problem-based learning and team-based learning? No, combine the best of both worlds! Medical Teacher, 37(4), 354–359.
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Koh, G. C.-H., Khoo, H. E., Wong, M. L., & Koh, D. (2008). The effects of problem-based learning during medical school on physician competency: a systematic review. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal = Journal de l’Association Medicale Canadienne, 178(1), 34–41.
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Maris F. Cutting & Norma Susswein Saks (2012) Twelve tips for utilizing principles of learning to support medical education, Medical Teacher, 34:1, 20-24,
Parmelee, D., Michaelsen, L. K., Cook, S., & Hudes, P. D. (2012). Team-based learning: a practical guide: AMEE guide no. 65. Medical Teacher, 34(5), e275–e287.
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