TechCrunch | Move Over Harvard And MIT, Stanford Has The Real “Revolution In Education”

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By Gregory Ferenstein

 

“…last week, two Stanford professors made a courageous proposal to ditch lectures in the medical school. “For most of the 20th century, lectures provided an efficient way to transfer knowledge, But in an era with a perfect video-delivery platform — one that serves up billions of YouTube views and millions of TED Talks on such things as technology, entertainment, and design — why would anyone waste precious class time on a lecture?,” write Associate Medical School dean, Charles Prober and business professor, Chip Heath, in The New England Journal of Medicine. Instead, they call for an embrace of the “flipped” classroom, where students review Khan Academy’s YouTube lectures at home and solve problems alongside professors in the classroom. Students seem to love the idea: when Stanford piloted the flipped classroom in a Biochemistry course, attendance ballooned from roughly 30% to 80%.”

 

I found it valuable to read the relatively short article in the New England Journal of Medicine…which soundly endorses the flipped classroom/blended learning approach for medical school education. If the Stanford Medical School can plan to adopt this model, what is holding back K-12? -JL

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