Active Learning in Action: Preparing Future Leaders for Policy Reform

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Journal of Health Administration Education




Active learning has been demonstrated to afford many more benefits to students than offered through traditional learning styles. It engages the learner in the educational process, most often through role playing or interactive dialogue. Active learning may prove to be especially useful in today’s healthcare environment, which is marked by the March 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the scenario described, a simulated town hall meeting allowed students to participate as a variety of stakeholders and debate their respective positions with one another. This simulation is not limited to the ACA, however; it can be translated to other areas of health policy or even into other educational forums, particularly web-based instruction.