Laura Joyce 19th January 2016

The Flipped Classroom


What is the Flipped Classroom?

The Flipped Classroom describes a reversal of traditional teaching where students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then class time is used to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge through stategies such as problem-solving, discussion, debates or simulation!

Why Flip the Classroom?

You learn more deeply

  • You learn the detailed knowledge (algorithms, doses etc) beforehand, so you can use the time during the sim session to put that knowledge into practice, and see how it fits in with actual clinical practice.

You are a more active participant in learning

  • Your role shifts from passive recipient to active constructor of knowledge, giving you opportunities to practice using the intellectual tools of medicine.

Interaction increases, and you learn from each other

  • This increased interaction helps to create a learning community that encourages you to build knowledge together inside and outside the "classroom".

This means that you can concentrate on teamwork, non-techinical skills and the "really difficult" questions required to practice Emergency Medicine.

What do you need to do?

Resources that provide knowledge that may be useful for the coming sim sessions will be sent to you in the week before your scheduled Thursday afternoon team sim session.

We strongly recommend that you read these resources, watch the videos and listen to the podcasts before you attend to get the most out of sim training.