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"Stop Lecturing Me!" - New Methods for Teaching Medical Physics

G Starkschall

S Kry

R Howell

G Starkschall*, S Kry*, R Howell*, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


MO-D-9A-1 Monday 11:15AM - 12:15PM Room: 9A

Medical physicists rarely have had exposure to teaching methodologies during their education. Our teaching methodologies are often based on copying the lecturing styles of effective teachers we have experienced. Consequently, it is rare that we make radical changes in our teaching methodologies. In recent years, new methodologies have been introduced that depart from the traditional lecture format. Some of these methodologies include Flipped Learning, Project-Based Learning, and Peer Instruction. In all cases, students acquire information outside of class, either through readings or recorded lectures. In Flipped Learning, students use class time to solve problems and discuss information acquired prior to class. In Project-Based Learning, students are assigned a project and acquire their understanding of the subject material by completing the project using a team approach. In Peer Instruction, students use class time to answer conceptual questions and assist each other in achieving conceptual understanding of the course material. In all cases, the course instructor serves as a guide to assist the student with their learning rather than as a presenter of information.

In this course, several medical physicists will describe how these techniques are actually implemented in courses that they teach with the goal of providing attendees with models that attendees might use in their teaching.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify novel teaching methodologies such as Flipped Learning, Project-Based Learning, and Peer Instruction.
2. Be able to incorporate these teaching methodologies into their classes.
3. Identify various tools to aid in teaching such as Camtasia, Facebook, and SurveyMonkey


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