Scrambling the Active Learning Classroom: Achieving Balance between Traditional Lecture and the Flipped Classroom

Scrambling the Active Learning Classroom: Achieving Balance between Traditional Lecture and the Flipped Classroom

This presentation will analyze how “Scrambling” the classroom can create a learning environment that blends the best of both traditional and flipped active learning classrooms. Choosing to use lecture or active strategies for class is not a dichotomous decision. The baby doesn’t have to be thrown out with the bath water. Dr. Roberts will present principles of educational neuroscience that support using a variety of strategies, facilitate a discussion on the pros and cons of each instructional method, and walk the attendee through the creation of a simulated scrambled classroom. Both lecture-focused and active learning-focused strategies will presented that can be added to attendees personal repertoire of instructional methods.


Karin K. Roberts, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Karin Roberts has had a long and varied career that evolved in a parallel manner to changes in nursing education. She has participated in the conversion of Research School of Nursing, a diploma program to a baccalaureate degree granting, single purpose institution; the development of its virtual master’s program with three distinct tracks; and was Director of its one year, accelerated BSN program for 8 years. She holds a PhD in Education with a focus on curriculum and instruction and holds an associate, bachelor, and master’s degree in nursing. She holds the rank of Professor at Research College of Nursing (RCoN) in Kansas City, Missouri and works as a part time consultant for ATI after serving as its Director of Consultation Services for several years. Dr. Roberts enjoyed working at Research College of Nursing for 31 years prior to her 10 year tenure at ATI. She has returned to RCoN to continue doing what she is loves, teaching and engaging in academic endeavors that support a school known for its excellence and high standards. She is also the Coordinator of the Nurse Educator Track in the RCoN graduate program and serves as a site visitor for the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE). Innovative curricula and instructional strategies have always been a passion of Dr. Roberts and her recent role as consultant at ATI provided her the opportunity to share her passion and expertise with educators across the country. She has helped all levels of programs revise their curricula and integrate current initiatives into their programs. Dr. Roberts has also facilitated the conversion of several schools to a concept-based curriculum and was second author on a national study published in Nursing Education (2019) Concept-Based Curricula: A National Study of Critical Concepts.