Change is hard. The flipped classroom, while a powerful and growing force in medical education, is a major change for many health professions’
students. Instructors may avoid “flipping” due to anticipated student resistance and poor course evaluations. The business community has
developed specific guidelines on how to manage change using the Kubler‑Ross death and dying change curve. This article suggests the change
curve and related management strategies can and should be applied to flipped classroom scenarios. Action steps are provided for each stage
that can help students move from stress and frustration (“I can’t learn this way”) to integrated learning as fast as possible, while simultaneously
allowing the full advantages of the flipped classroom to be realized.
Malone ED. The Kubler-Ross change curve and the flipped classroom: Moving students past the pit of despair. Educ Health Prof 2018;1:36-40.
Faculty development article
Malone, Erin D.
The Kubler‑Ross Change Curve and the Flipped Classroom: Moving Students Past the Pit of Despair.
Education in the Health Professions Journal.
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