From Madness to Methods is an evidence-based learning exercise developed for educators by faculty from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Simpson et al., 2010) to provide 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.

IPEC Competencies Mapped to From Madness to Methods Learning Activity (pdf)

Mayumi Willgerodt facilitating From Madness to Methods exercise at an IPE faculty development training session at NYU.

Materials and Supplies

Objectives Cards (pdf)

Methods Cards (pdf)

Additional Methods Cards: Job Shadowing and Shared Decision-Making (pdf)

Additional Methods Cards: Liberating Structures (pdf)

Additional Evaluation and Assessment Cards (pdf)

Score Sheet (Optional) (pdf)

Write Your Own Objective Form (Optional) (pdf)

From Madness to Methods instructions, methods cards and objectives cards.


From Madness To Methods Instruction Sheet (pdf)


This interprofessional learning activity was developed by Simpson, et. al. (2010) and adapted by Professor Lynne Robins of the University of Washington for use in IPE faculty development training. Additional methods cards were created by IPE curriculum developers at the UW Center for Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice based on IPE curricula implemented at the Universisty of Washington and Liberating Structures developed by Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz.


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