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16. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: Curriculum planning and assessment

19. - 21. April 2012, Timisoara, Romania

Adapting teaching methods to learning behaviour


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16. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre 2012 - Curriculum planning and assessment. Timisoara, Romania, 19.-21.04.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. Doc12grako47

doi: 10.3205/12grako47, urn:nbn:de:0183-12grako474

Veröffentlicht: 5. September 2012

© 2012 Plass et al.
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The way students learn has been changing during the last years. A multimedia environment dominates and changed (and is still changing) the behavior of the so called "Generation Y". Students no longer learn in a linear way, but they want to collect information at any time and at any place for any topic that comes up. The way students acquire knowledge closely resembles a mind-map. Thus teaching has to be adapted, new strategies and methods are needed. A "guest lecturer" will demonstrate his abilities (movie). The workshop participants are then requested to reflect on this lecture. The outcome will be documented by using a mind-map.

The desire to collect information "at any time and at any place" could be met with an on-line learning platform. An outline for an on-line course will be developed by the participants. On-line courses used at the Medical University of Vienna will be shown and discussed.

Of course, in-class activities still are not out-of-date, but they should evolve from a simple lecture to more structured methods. What makes a lecture boring and what are the possibilities to hold the students’ attention? Some possibilities to do so are discussed and elaborated in the course of the workshop. Participants will also discuss methods how to keep students following in-class activities and will also shortly experience the learning strategy "Team Based Learning" which is highly accepted by the students in Vienna.

We will also try to find out when and how the use of an audience response system (ARS) can be helpful for teaching and learning? Participants will develop their own small projects which will be demonstrated during the workshop. Also, since an ARS will be used throughout the workshop, participants will, on their own, find out the advantages/disadvantages of the use of an ARS. The final part of the workshop will offer enough space for open discussion and exchange of ideas.