Medical Science Educator

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 785–791 | Cite as

A Framework for Thinking About Transferring Teaching Innovations into New Settings

  • Sarah GillilandEmail author
  • Tasha R. Wyatt


As a result of health science educators’ shift to more active formats of teaching and learning, many educators are implementing innovative teaching strategies that were designed in other educational contexts. In some cases, this transfer from one context to another is smooth and unproblematic, but in others, educators must make informed decisions about how to adjust the innovation or incoming context to fit their needs. This paper presents a framework that draws on principles of design-based research to guide educators in analyzing and adapting teaching tools to fit new contexts.


Learning theory Faculty development Educational innovation Design-based research Mutual adaptation 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Therapy, Crean College of Health and Behavioral SciencesChapman UniversityIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Educational Innovation Institute (EII) & Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Georgia Augusta UniversityAugustaUSA

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