Blended Learning in the School of Medicine and Public Health

“We must inspire our students to become self-regulated life-long learners who can identify, analyze, and solve complex problems within interprofessional teams to ultimately improve the health of individuals and communities. To do this we need to engage our students in active, collaborative, and professional learning environments in classrooms, clinics, and communities. We must ensure that they have relevant longitudinal opportunities to embrace challenges, ask questions, examine evidence, test hypotheses, make discoveries, gain knowledge and skills, seek solutions, solve problems, and generate new ideas as they work with peers, faculty, and staff across different disciplines and diverse health professions. As educational leaders, teachers, mentors, and coaches it is essential that we create, implement, and assess innovative educational approaches that blend different teaching modalities that enhance these learning opportunities for our students. By adapting our teaching rubrics and models to embrace existing technology and innovative pedagogy, we will be able to better address the learning needs of our students and, importantly, the future needs of patients and populations who will be served by the graduates of our School of Medicine and Public Health in years to come. Strong campus support for initiatives in educational innovation and blended learning platforms are essential to our success.

Elizabeth M. Petty, MD
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health