The Office for Health Sciences Education, Educator Development Core and the Academy for Excellence in Teaching
Medical Education Grand Rounds
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
"Flipping the Classroom"
Cynthia Brame, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching
In a recent article, this month’s speaker, Cynthia Brame, characterized “flipping the classroom” as providing students with initial exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then using class time to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge, perhaps through problem-solving, discussion, or debates. Many of us may be considering “flipping our classroom” and may be wondering how it can be done to impact our students’ learning.
Join us on Tuesday October 1 for “Flipping the Classroom.” Dr. Brame will help us understand the essential characteristics, benefits, and challenges of the flipped classroom as well as provide suggestions about planning flipped classroom sessions.Due to institution-wide cost cutting efforts, we can no longer provide a boxed lunch with your registration. Please bring a brown bag lunch and attend this month's presentation with Dr. Brame.
About Dr. Brame:Cynthia Brame came to Vanderbilt in July of 2012, leaving her position as Associate Professor and Chair of Biology at Centenary College to join the Center for Teaching. The transition reflects Cynthia’s growing emphasis on scholarly teaching and faculty development, which grew out of her interest in course and curriculum design at Centenary. Cynthia’s earlier research focused on lipid peroxidation products that covalently modify proteins as well as on development of mass spectrometry methods for characterization of modified proteins. When she joined the faculty at Centenary, Cynthia modified this work to facilitate involvement of undergraduates, developing a project on structural regulation of CK1 protein kinases in collaboration with Dr. Lucy Robinson. Importantly, Cynthia fused these disciplinary efforts with pedagogical research, developing course modules that allowed students to pursue authentic scientific research as part of regular courses. These interests informed her later efforts to develop interdisciplinary modules for science classes in collaboration with faculty members from computer science, philosophy, and physics, and was essential for her leadership of her department’s curriculum redesign guided by AAAS’s Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. At the Center for Teaching, Cynthia serves as the liaison for the science and engineering departments as well as the School of Nursing. She teaches courses in Vanderbilt’s Biological Sciences department.
Sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Office for Health Sciences Education, Educator Development Core and the Academy for Excellence in Teaching