The Lecture is Dead

At least at one Med School.  The plan is to completely phase out lectures by 2019.

Medical school without the ‘sage on a stage’ – The Washington Post

The trend at medical schools is just part of a reform movement in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that emphasizes active learning instead of lecturing. Research supports the approach. When a team of researchers analyzed 225 studies that compared active learning and lectures in these fields, they found that test scores improved about 6 percent for students in active learning classes and that students in lecture classes were about 1.5 times more likely to fail than their counterparts in active learning classes.

The meta-analysis study from the 2014 National Academy of Sciences can be found here.



  1. Glenn HodgesGlenn Hodges08-24-2017

    It will be interesting to see how this affects other types of higher education.

  2. Joe SullivanJoe Sullivan08-30-2017

    Not so fast!!
    … and here’s another counterpoint arguing that lectures are alive and well. It provides a good discussion and some references.

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