High tech in higher ed

‘Flipped classroom’ is gaining momentum

By SUE ELLEN ROSS
BRIDGE Editor

In response, in part, to changing academic attitudes, one of the hottest topics in higher education is the ‘Flipped Classroom Model’.  Addressing the fact that students possess diverse learning styles, this method reverses customary instruction. It advances lectures and instruction outside the classroom (online and other venues), then brings conversation about instructional topics back into the classroom environment.

Minnesota State University on board

Last year, Minnesota State University implemented the flipped classroom concept in an organic chemistry class. MSU Professor Danae Quirk-Dorr realized, and proved with statistical significance, that implementing this model, not only benefited her as a professor of the sciences, but also assisted her in adapting her classes to the various learning styles among her students.

Benefiting more learners

Research has determined that traditional teaching methods are more conducive to  logical and practical learners than enthusiastic and imaginative learners, whose American Chemical Society standardized test scores are typically lower than their logical and practical learning peers.