A reader thoughtfully alerted us to a Washington Post article about how UVM’s Larner College of Medicine is transitioning to a curriculum that is 100% active learning. While you’re encouraged to click the link above to read the full Washington Post article, it does quote Charles G. Prober, senior associate dean for medical education at the Stanford University School of Medicine, as stating “Retention after a lecture is maybe 10 percent. “If that’s accurate, if it’s even in the ballpark of accurate, that’s a problem.”
We’re always excited at the prospect of educational innovation and we certainly wish Larner all the best with this risky experiment and hope it produces even better medical school graduates. We believe that, in the long term, if active learning proves effective, the rankings jump the school experiences will be modest as other schools would quickly copy the learning methodology. We’re also hopeful that if this does prove effective, it spreads rather quickly to other graduate school programs, undergrad and, of course, K through 12.
If you think active learning might best suit your profile, we strongly encourage you to seriously consider UVM as well as Case Western. (We’re not sure why the Washington Post states Case Western opened in 2004, but we’re guessing it’s a typo!)