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Mizzou researchers study effectiveness of 'flipped' classroom instruction duncanf Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:02

University of Missouri mathematics professors have an NSF grant to study the efficacy of flipped learning techniques in high school students.  We should stay tuned!

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mizzou-researchers-study-effectiveness-flipped-classroom-instruction#stream/0

TED TALK: THE GLOBAL LEARNING CRISIS duncanf Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:21

I thought I’d pass along this recent very powerful TED Talk. In this blog, we’ve talked about the international evaluation of student learning using the international PISA exam, an exam given to 15 year-olds around the world. This exam also includes elements assessing critical thinking. Ms. Karboul references the higher standing of countries that have invested and focused on student learning.  If there is one message, it is that learning takes a village.

MEDICINE: AN “UNCERTAIN SCIENCE”? Here's Where Critical Clinical Thinking Comes in...

"The profusion of facts obscured a deeper and more significant problem: the reconciliation between knowledge (certain, fixed, perfect, concrete) and clinical wisdom (uncertain, fluid, imperfect, abstract)."

NEVERTHELESS, HE PERSISTED

Last week, I had the honor of attending a memorial service at the University of Illinois for Dr. Fred Kummerow, a long-“retired” but never inactive member of the department I headed for almost 10 years. Fred was an inspiration to me personally to always remain physically and mentally active, and yes, limit my consumption of French fries!

LOSING THE ‘SAGE ON THE STAGE’ – IS IT TIME?

Photo from the Washington Post, July 29, 2017

Today’s article by Lenny Bernstein in the Washington Post describes the University of Vermont Medical School moving almost totally away from lectures in its curriculum. In fact, it is following the trend in medical schools started by Case Western University 13 years ago.

PERHAPS THE BEST RATIONALE FOR BLENDED LEARNING I’VE HEARD

Every now and then you run across an argument made by someone else that you’d wished you had the clarity (or temerity) to make oneself!

EARTH DAY, MARCH FOR SCIENCE

I can’t think of a better way to note today’s March for Science on Earth Day than to highlight TED.com’s

Playlist of Jaw-Dropping Scientific Breakthroughs
https://www.ted.com/playlists/484/jaw_dropping_science_breakthro

Do something for evidence-based science, and for the Earth, and humanity.

THESIS: “EDUCATORS WILL (SHOULD) STOP INSISTING ON THE INEQUALITY OF OUTCOMES”

In the following series of videos, Dr. Bill Cope of the College of Education at the University of Illinois, calls for educators to move away from student assessments that attempt to put students along a bell-shaped curve of educational achievement, seeking rather to move all students towards similar proficiency (mastery).

IS THERE A LESSON FOR VET MEDICINE?: “EDUCATING IN A NEURODIVERSE WORLD”

If you haven’t taken the opportunity before, I encourage you to take a look at the learning platform developed by TED-Ed, as well as to listen to a very insightful presentation by Brian Kinghorn accompanied by review and thought questions, and links allowing the learner to “Dig Deeper” into the subject.  I’ve even added a veterinary medicine-centric open-ended thought question under the “Discuss” section at the end of those by the author of this lesson.

TEACHING EVIDENCE-BASED VETERINARY MEDICINE

Shurtz et al. recently published “Teaching Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine in the U.S. and Canada” in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/jvme.1215-199R

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