Helping Students Achieve Success through a Culture of Lifelong Learning
The strength of true learning comes from a culture and environment that gives the learner the power to teach the teacher. For students to become lifelong fearless learners, they must be respected for their contribution and be inspired to be responsible for their learning. Upstate strives to promote a positive learning environment through respect of all in our educational community, including appreciation of diversity.
Learners may be medical, nursing, and other health professions students, residents, fellows, faculty, and members of the public. We aspire to enable our faculty to support learners who are fearless in their approach to learning. That is, we support an environment where learners are not afraid to ask questions.
We want our learners to be ready to demonstrate creative thinking and initiative. Learners should be encouraged to recognize there is always more to learn.
A strong positive learning environment includes:
- Clear expectations for effort and performance
- Clear assessments
- Reactions of praise, and rewards for good work
- Perception of importance of material (relevance)
- Perception of challenge and ability to achieve success
- Opportunities to prepare for learning and/or doing
- Environment of non-conformity (not always one right answer)
- Encouragement after setbacks
- Perseverance of the learner, using a changed approach
- Support for learner curiosity
- Recognition of the privilege of providing healthcare
Resources for supporting the Fearless Learner
- Building Excellent Skills in Teaching- The Learning Environment Workshop (see calendar for next available workshop presented by the Academy of Upstate Educators)
- Faculty Development Archived Seminars can be browsed here, must log in via link on upper right (not publicly available): https://upstate.mediaspace.kaltura.com/channel/EdTalks/157602661
- Advancing Clinical Teachers online modules for clinical teachers, available at the University of Central Florida Medical School website. There are several modules that may be helpful to faculty, Designing a Learning Encounter, Creating a Positive Learning Environment are suggested. https://med.ucf.edu/faculty-and-academic-affairs/faculty-development/teaching-resources-2/clinical-teaching-2/
- The student affairs office at Brown’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine has a very supportive vision for their student learning environment that matches Upstate’s ideals: https://www.brown.edu/academics/medical/student-affairs/policy-and-procedure/learning-environment
- Dunham L, Dekhtyar M, Gruener G, Cichoski Kelly E, Deitz J, Elliott D, Stuber ML, Skochelak SE. Medical Student Perceptions of the Learning Environment in Medical School Change as Students Transition to Clinical Training in Undergraduate Medical School. Teach Learn Med.2017 Oct-Dec;29(4):383-391. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2017.1297712. Epub 2017 Mar https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28318319