Online Learning Update

March 25, 2016

Blended Learning Options Rise at Medical Schools

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

by Jordan Friedman, US News

Students are experiencing the growth of blended learning – classes presented partially online and partially in person – in medical education. In what’s also referred to as the “flipped classroom” model, several U.S. ​medical schools are requiring students to watch videos and complete online activities prior to class, and then spend face-to-face time on discussion and analysis, rather than passive forms of learning such as taking notes during lectures. Schools like the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine even integrate blended learning into the clinical rotation phase of medical education. At some medical schools, elements of blended learning might have existed in the past, but many are now working to formally integrate them into their curricula, though to varying extents, experts say. Prospective students interested in medical school can determine whether blended learning is right for them by speaking to other students, contacting faculty or researching programs online.

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