Integration of Active Learning Techniques into Health Profession Courses

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Johnson, Ida
Washburn University
Department of Allied Health
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Course delivery must be impactful and meaningful to students to facilitate the learning process.Most health care professional programs utilize traditional delivery methods that focus on lecturebased presentations secondary to the volume of information students need exposure to. These formats offer little content interaction for students while in the classroom. Utilization of course design methods and integration of active learning techniques into health care professional courses provides yet another avenue to develop students into self-motivated critical thinkers as well as valued contributing members of the interdisciplinary health care team. This project will provide a brief background into active learning and traditional teaching methods, defend the importance of active learning in a respiratory therapy course and reflect an overview of a course redesign that implements active learning techniques with a plan for evaluation.