Aquifer cases can be used very effectively during classroom flipping exercises. The cases can provide a means of learning the “facts and concepts” in the subject so that students can build the foundational knowledge that they need.

The teaching time with students either individually or in clerkship groups can be used to:

  • see how they can extend those concepts to related cases;
  • investigate areas of uncertainty or controversy; and
  • assess the depth of knowledge and/or reinforce key learning objectives.

By using them in this way, students’ understanding of the case can be assessed, built on, and integrated into patient management.

More about classroom flipping

Contribution by Petra Lewis

Classroom flipping (also known as the backward classroom, or reversed classroom) reverses the traditional roles of in-classroom teaching by an instructor and self-instruction out of the classroom by students. Instead of students learning facts and concepts in class, and then applying them while working through problems or cases at home, the students learn the facts and concepts outside of class–often using technology via recorded PowerPoint™ or whiteboard lectures, online modules or websites, but also through prescribed readings from textbooks or articles.

Classroom time with an instructor is devoted to application, integration, and reinforcement (i.e., the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy, see below). This increases active learning and student engagement, improves understanding, and allows the instructor to both assess and correct knowledge and conceptual gaps with the student in real time as opposed to correcting an assignment.

Classroom flipping has been applied from elementary through post-doctorate programs. For more resources on the web, look for work by Eric Mazur and Salman Khan. The Khan Institute contains over 4,000 videos covering a wide variety of disciplines and educational levels that can be used for classroom flipping.

Key Considerations

Suggested Classroom Flipping Exercises

Flipping the classroom can be done in a variety of ways.  

Aquifer Radiology Active Learning Modules

Aquifer Radiology has seventeen workshop modules that can be used in a classroom flipping setting by radiology educators. These assess and extend the key learning objectives from the cases using different images and clinical scenarios.

Aquifer Pediatrics Active Learning Modules

Five learning modules for use in conjunction with Aquifer Pediatrics cases are available for your use. These application exercises, complete with facilitation guides, have been thoughtfully prepared with the aim of minimizing teacher preparation time and maximizing learner achievement. Learn more…