Next-Generation Medical Education: Facilitating Student-Centered Learning Environments

In October 2014, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine launched an initiative called ’Cane Academy to flip the classroom by replacing traditional didactic sessions with short “Khan-style videos” accompanied by learning objectives, self-assessment questions, and supplemental content. Challenges to the initiative included adapting to faculty resistance, ensuring that students are prepared for the nontraditional learning experiences, and creating mechanisms to engage and support interested instructors who want development and assistance. This article explores how we created an infrastructure that supports faculty by explaining a roadmap strategy that facilitates faculty development during the blended course design process; describing the development process for online assets that map learning objectives to content and self-assessment; and examining actual course content from recent ophthalmology and dermatology modules.

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