Curricular Design


Key Points:

  • Include students when you are designing, evaluating and implementing courses
  • Actively support different teaching and learning methods
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in students
  • Provide appropriate sequencing and context for learning
  • Provide clear outcomes assessments
  • Integrate time for self-directed learning
  • Design content based on desired outcomes
  • Desgnate an group and timeline to consistently review and update course content
  • Engage students in tasks that most directly relate to their future role



  • Revise your teaching style from being a "sage on the stage" to being a "guide on the side" for your learners
  • Provide a supportive and flexible learning environment


Recommended Resources: 

Brief Review


The Flipped Classroom. Flipped Learning. 2 minutes.

Teach teachers how to create magic. Christopher Emdin. TED Talks. 6 minutes.

3 rules to spark learning. Ramsey Musallam. TED Talks. 6 minutes.


White C, Bradley E, Martindale J, Roy P, Patel K, Yoon M, Worden MK. Why are medical students 'checking out' of active learning in a new curriculum? Med Educ. 2014 Mar;48(3):315-24. doi: 10.1111/medu.12356. PubMed PMID: 24528466

Prober CG, Khan S. Medical education reimagined: a call to action. Acad Med. 2013 Oct;88(10):1407-10. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182a368bd. PubMed PMID: 23969367

Prober CG, Heath C. Lecture halls without lectures--a proposal for medical education. N Engl J Med. 2012 May 3;366(18):1657-9. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1202451. PubMed PMID: 22551125.

White G. Interactive lecturing. Clin Teach. 2011 Dec;8(4):230-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-498X.2011.00457.x. PubMed PMID: 22084997

Premkumar K, Coupal C. Rules of engagement-12 tips for successful use of "clickers" in the classroom. Med Teach. 2008;30(2):146-9. doi: 10.1080/01421590801965111. PubMed PMID: 18464137

Steinert, Y, LS Snell. Interactive lecturing: strategies for increasing participation in large group presentations. Med Teach 1999; 21(1): 37-42.


In-Depth Review


Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education. Sahlman Khan, Khan Academy. TED Talks. 20 minutes.


Curriculum Development for Medical Education: A Six-Step Approach by David E. Kern, Patricia A. Thomas, and Mark T. Hughes. Short, practical, and general in its approach, the book begins with a broad overview. Each succeeding chapter covers one of the six steps: problem identification and general needs assessment, targeted needs assessment, goals and objectives, educational strategies, implementation, and evaluation. Additional chapters address curriculum maintenance, enhancement, and dissemination. Approx. $40.

Walter Dick et al. The Systematic Design of Instruction (6th Edition). 2004. $4.38


Balog E, Pelzner M, Hanson J, Kieling K. Designing and Delivering an Effective Lesson. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2012. The goal of this workshop to increase attendees' versatility as teachers, highlighting ways to move beyond PowerPoint slides and deliver content more effectively by incorporating activities that engage the learners.