Learning climate refers to the prevailing mood, attitudes, standards, and tone in the clinical or classroom environment. A negative climate can feel hostile, chaotic, and out of control. A positive climate feels safe, respectful, welcoming, and supportive of learning. The good news is that climate doesn’t just happen—it’s created! There are things faculty and preceptors can do to deliberately shape the climate into a positive learning environment. We have included resources below with ideas for structuring and conducting learner orientations to the clinical and office environment; considering the physical and emotional environment; the importance of effective communication and establishing expectations; and more.
Just In Time
These Just In Time resources are ideal if you only have a couple of minutes to start finding out about Learning Climate & Orientation of the Learner.
Presentation 1 of 7 in educational aspects of clinical teaching series. Focuses on the learning climate which considers the physical and emotional environment in which the teaching is happening. Examines what it is and how to influence learning climate. Key components covered include: stimulation, learner involvement, respect/comfort and admission of limitations.
Presentation 3 of 7 in educational aspects of clinical teaching series. Focuses on communication of goals, the explicit establishment of teachers’ and/or learners’ expectation for the learners. Key components covered include: establishment of goals, expression of goals and negotiation of goals.
Presenter(s): Jeremy Smith, MD
The Benefits of Precepting Introductory Students (pdf)
The usage of technology, specifically smartphones, may be perceived as mainstream technology by health care professional students but older patients may find the use of smartphones to be a distraction and foster a sense of disconnectedness from the health care provider. Discover and consider further how health care professional preparation programs handle the issue now, and how they must in the future.