From Madness to Methods Learning Activity

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)

Faculty participating in a From Madness to Methods learning activity during IPE faculty development training.


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: