The way UVM achieves that goal is to put the information that would have been in a lecture into the cloud, assigning it as homework for students to read before class. Class time then is spent applying that information as students solve problems by going through a number of different types of exercises in group-based activities.
Not all medical schools are going completely lecture-free, but many are trending toward offering fewer lectures. “What this mostly refers to is a learning environment that is problem based with regard to disease, and small group versus large lecture-style format,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, dean of the school of medicine, provost, and executive vice president of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee. Dr. Kerschner is also professor of otolaryngology, microbiology, and immunology. MCW also has completely digitized their content so that students can access the materials both before and after class.
It is much more important to teach concepts and ways to continue to learn and access data than ever before. The old style of just lectures has less room to reinforce these concepts. Small group and problem-based learning is more conducive. —Joseph E. Kerschner, MD