Classroom-Based Education

Traditional classroom-based teaching is an educational modality familiar to hospital staff.  Enhancing the experience with interactive exercises and reflective learning can make this an ideal educational intervention.  The duration of each session can be adjusted to meet local needs and preferences.  Using this approach means that time is dedicated to the education.  Team members have an opportunity to learn together and from each other.  The session helps prepare staff for a change in clinical practice regarding mobilization by facilitating discussion and acknowledging potential challenges and barriers collectively. Using a combination of didactic and interactive teaching styles, the goals of classroom based education are as follows:

  • Focus on content knowledge for early mobility including evidence
  • Preparation of staff for change in practice
  • Engagement of interprofessional staff in joint discussion and planning for implementation and addressing interprofessional stereotypes and a shift in focus of care from care-giver roles to patient focused goals
  • Discussion on team work and collaboration

The classroom sessions will include lecture style presentations, as well as group based activities such as the So-Short exercise, an activity on fostering interprofessional collaboration (activity resources found below). Classroom-based education should last between 1 to 2 hours total.


E-Learning allows educators to reach a wide number of staff in a shorter time period when compared to classroom-based education. E-Modules have been created that closely mimic content found in classroom-based education. If your hospital decides on using E-Modules, it is best to contact your hospital’s IT department to help you with the set-up of an E-Learning system.

E-Learning modules have to be planned carefully in terms of content and length. The E-Learning Guide provides a list of items that need to be considered when creating an e-learning based module.