Don’t use non-interactive lectures as the main teaching method. Privilege the use of interactive methods instead.
Lectures remain the more common method used in medical education, from graduate courses to continuous medical education, often in the complete ignorance of the basic principles of adult learning, and typically using text-intensive, confounding powerpoint presentations on which, rather than on the audience, concentrates the attention of the teacher (so called “didactic karaoke”). These methods are associated with low attention and with low content retention by most learners.
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