Community of Practice discussion around flipped classrooms
Given the interest in flipped classroom approach at UNSW, the CoP is keen to showcase UNSW academics’ flipped classroom experiences – challenges, failures, successes, warts and all. To kick off a planned series of presentations and discussion, Emily Mitchell (School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering) and Luke Hunter (School of Chemistry) will present their stories.
Emily and John Shepherd have been running a new course, GSOE9010 Engineering Research Skills, for the past three semesters using the flipped approach. Student enrolments have increased since the course was first introduced in Semester 1, 2015. The cohort is course-work Masters students from across the faculty, with majority (95%) non-native English speakers. In addition, many of the students enrolled in this course are in their first semester in Australia. This context is worth mentioning because it has led to significant re-design of the course over the past three semesters.
Luke and his team have taken baby steps towards a flipped classroom in a first-year chemistry course. They ran a pilot project in 2015, where students had to complete weekly online “Lecture Prep” activities. Outcomes in terms of student engagement and student learning are encouraging. Building on this, they have some big and crazy ideas about where they want to go next.
Come along to hear these stories and share your own experiences or ideas. All welcome.
Room 208, Library