Stacey . Bernstein,University of Toronto,Toronto,Ontario

Rationale: Active involvement in the learning process promotes retention among learners and stimulates higher learning such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Feedback to the learner and teacher is more immediate and enhanced with active trainee participation. Learners and teachers indicate increased satisfaction when interactive techniques are utilized. This workshop will be relevant to all those who engage in small and large group learning activities and lead faculty development related to interactive teaching.

Objectives: Following this interactive workshop participants will be able to: 1. Discuss the rationale and potential barriers in using interactive teaching techniques. 2. Build a repertoire of practical techniques that can be implemented to enhance interactivity in large and small group settings. 3. Demonstrate the use of interactive teaching methods.

Methods and Content: Participants will engage in a number of activities in this highly interactive workshop. As a group, the rationale for using interactive teaching techniques will be reviewed reflecting on the medical education literature from the perspective of learners and teachers. Effective questioning, icebreakers, wordles, think-pair-share, live debates, flipped classrooms, real time online polling, tweeting and other audience survey methods will be demonstrated. Participants will share interactive approaches implemented in their institutions. The presenters will supplement these with other innovative ideas for discussion. In small groups, participants will practice these techniques in fun, creative interactive activities. Implementation tips will be provided covering the who, when, where, and how of interactive teaching. The group will brainstorm on the challenges of interactive teaching and identify successful strategies to overcome them. Attendees will leave with a toolbox of practical and interactive methods they can utilize to make presentations more engaging and memorable. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have the ability to engage faculty in incorporating these techniques in their teaching.