Not another boring lecture: Engaging learners with active learning techniques

Margaret Wolff, Mary Jo Wagner, Stacey Poznanski, Jocelyn Schiller, Sally Santen

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Background Core content in Emergency Medicine Residency Programs is traditionally covered in didactic sessions, despite evidence suggesting that learners do not retain a significant portion of what is taught during lectures. Discussion We describe techniques that medical educators can use when leading teaching sessions to foster engagement and encourage self-directed learning, based on current literature and evidence about learning.

Conclusions When these techniques are incorporated, sessions can be effective in delivering core knowledge, contextualizing content, and explaining difficult concepts, leading to increased learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-93
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Emergency medicine
  • education
  • resident


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