The flipped classroom at BSMS – What happened at a recent workshop

Dr Julia Montgomery
Director of Assessment & Feedback and Senior Lecturer in Medical Education

We recently ran a one-day workshop, titled “Do you want to flip?”, for BSMS teachers interested in learning more about this approach and have a go at developing pre-lecture material. Here is a quick report back on how it went.

What is the flipped classroom?

The ‘flipped classroom’ approach to teaching is relatively new, emerging as a term around 2010.

The first principle is that students are given pre-lecture work to do that covers the basic/fundamentals of the subject so that the time within the actual lecture with the lecturer can be used to explore the subject in greater depth and thus moving the student from a receiver of facts to the higher stages of Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, the application of knowledge and critical thinking.

The second principle is the use of blended learning both before and during the lecture time. Blended learning involves the use of both on line digital media (videos, podcasts, animations, quizzes, narrated slides) as well as face-to face-teaching. Continue reading

Reflections on the Teacher Support Course October 2016

Peer observation is a great way to improve your teaching
The Department of Medical Education within BSMS runs a free one day course that all teachers can attend across the Kent Surrey and Sussex region. It is open to all teachers that come in contact with our medical students from Foundation Year doctors to Consultants, GPs, Nurse Educators, Academics and other health professionals.

We can only cover topics in a brief manner but one of the aims of the day is talk together and share ideas around different approaches to teaching so that we all leave with something new to try out in our teaching.

Twelve tips for peer observation of teaching (Med Ed 29(4) 2007)
Twelve tips for peer observation of teaching (Med Ed 29(4) 2007)

One of the areas that most of us struggle with is getting feedback/evaluation. It is often the last thing to consider after the preparation and the delivery of the teaching. We discussed many methods of getting feedback but particularly discussed asking someone to observe your session (peer observation). I have attached a PDF that might help you with the setting of a peer session (you can then observe them!).

Try it out!

Julia Montgomery

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