First, thanks to Dr. Honeycutt (@BarbiHoneycutt) for bringing this study [linked above] to my attention. Thanks also to the good folks at Dovepress for making this piece available for free!
My antennae prick up when anybody makes claims about "this digital generation" or "internet natives." My generation was surrounded by roads and cars, but that didn't make us great drivers at birth....
Now I get to the part where the authors expand their stereotyping: "Most of today’s medical students are millennial or Generation Y learners. Millennials expect choice, flexibility, speed, and efficiency." Right, because in my old-fogey Generation X we HATED these things: "Make things slow, rigid, and inefficient!" is what we always said.* Ooh, there's a footnoted reference. Click the link for a Western Michigan University webpage and you get this. Hmmmmmm. we're off to a really bad start.
More: "Millennials are technology savvy and often prefer to learn by trial and error5 and by doing,4 both major components of the flipped classroom.6" I don't even bother to read these links, but you can click the numbers and see what you get.
Blahdy-blah about flipped classrooms and then: "The following research questions were posed: Do first-year medical students (MS1s) prefer flipped or lecture-based formats or a combination of approaches? Which format do they think helps them learn better? What are students’ obstacles to mandatory attendance for flipped activities? Are there additional teaching strategies that would aid their learning styles?" OK, these are good questions! We're back on track.
* no we didn't
Oooh, there's a table for summarizing the open-response survey results. Let's jump down to that.
And for the student who feels "behind and inadequate" or "overshadowed": I'm sorry, but maybe you were!! How did you respond to that realization -- complain about the instruction, or use the vodcast availability to re-learn the material?
I also see some responses about discipline-specific distinctions, like flipping works better for anatomy than neurology. Sorry kids, but how would you know? You're still a student of these subjects, so how can you judge the best way for them to be taught??
That's it. I am done reviewing this article. I can't go any further, because these responders are so obnoxious. Lazy-ass scholarship, seeking the spoon-fed answers and unwilling to attend a class that might expand that knowledge. Nice.
Maybe I'm acting like a grumpy old man from Generation X, but it seems absurd to base meaningful research on the gut reactions of some med-school students who spent no more than 3 weeks in a flipped-classroom model. Good night!