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Flipped classroom with out-of-class video and in-class case-based teaching    

Short description

The course should ensure that the students acquire knowledge about the most important symptoms and diseases (most frequent or serious) and causes of death from birth to death within gynaecology-obstetrics, paediatrics, dermatology and venerology, clinical genetics, social medicine, rehabilitation and forensic medicine. This is supported by preparatory teaching videos, which must clarify basic concepts before the lecture, so that the students have a basic academic understanding in advance, and the focus can thereby be shifted from reviewing the syllabus to practice application.    

Teacher's motivation

  • There was a need to review the specialised subject matter and introduce important key concepts before the lecture in order that lectures could be conducted at a higher taxonomic level.
  • Moreover, a wish was expressed to shift the focus of the lecture from a review of the syllabus to the application of this in practice. The review of the material should be multimodal to supplement the existing syllabus and support different learning methods.  

Description of the activity

Flipped classroom focuses on how learning at lower taxonomic levels takes place before lectures, so as to use these at higher taxonomic levels for application, reflection and discussion.    

  • The design of the activity was that before the lecture, three educational videos were produced, summarising key elements of the syllabus and explaining key concepts. The total duration of the videos was 12 minutes.    

  • The videos were uploaded to Blackboard via Kaltura (Kaltura is no longer in use. Use Brightspace and Panopto instead)

  • At the lecture, time was set off for in-depth application of the material on specific cases.    

Outcome of the activity

After the lecture, the activity was evaluated by the students, who generally expressed great enthusiasm. Evaluation of the applicability scored 4.5 out of 5.

Worth considering

  • The educational videos are multimodal and therefore support different learning methods.
  • They can give the students an overview of the syllabus and key concepts.
  • The videos are also flexible, which gives the students an opportunity for repetition and adjustment of the pace.     

Basic information

  • Faculty: Health
  • Degree Programme: Medicine
  • Course: Familie - samfund
  • Study level: Master
  • Course size: Aprox. 200 students
  • Teaching method: Lecture
  • Extent: Whole course
  • Primary type of activity: Acquisition
  • Applied technology: Blackboard (NB: Brightspace is now used), Kaltura (NB: Panopto is now used)
  • How the case was conducted: Campus teaching with the use of digital tools for learning

Søren Rittig

Clinical Professor and Chair