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IPE Faculty Development Training Learning Activity: From Madness to Methods

From Madness to Methods is an evidence-based learning exercise developed by faculty from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Simpson et al., 2010) to provide educators with alternative instructional methods for achieving educational objectives. This active group exercise engages participants for a 1.5-hour session. The object is for each participant to identify one or two new instructional methods to incorporate into their teaching repertoire. 

University of Washington IPE faculty development trainers have used this exercise since 2011. 

Materials needed:

1. From Madness To Methods Instruction Sheet

2. Objectives Cards

3. Methods Cards

4. Write Your Own Objective Form (Optional)


Madness to Methods IPE Competencies











Faculty participating in Madness to Methods Learning Activity led by Mayumi Willgerodt, PhD, MPH, MS, RN.


Simpson D, Fenzel J, Rehm J, Marcdante K. Enriching Educators' Repertoire of Appropriate Instructional Methods. MedEdPORTAL; 2010. Available from: