With the concept of flipped learning at the educational forefront, how can educators best assess if this learning method is achieving positive outcomes among students?
In a January 2014 article in Campus Technology, David Raths states that "the flipped classroom model is becoming more popular, but does it increase learning and retention? Four Harvey Mudd College (CA) professors have been awarded a three-year, $199,544 National Science Foundation grant to study that question." See Assessing the Flipped Classroom's Impact on Learning -- Campus Technology.
While some may see the importance of verifying and validating this mode of learning, others may view this study as another long, drawn-out waste of money. How do you view grants, such as the one mentioned here, as a viable source of useful information?
What other ways can we assess the impact of flipped classrooms on student learning?
For other discussions on this topic, see the following:
Also check out the blog Flipped Classrooms: Sweeping Schools Across the Nation.
Hi Lynne Hoffman,
I enjoyed reading the article "Assessing the Flipped Classroom's Impact on Learning - Campus Technology" by David Raths. I agreed with the last paragraph in Rath's article. "It's clear to us that students love active learning (and research shows it is the most effective method of instruction). They prefer doing something interesting instead of hearing about something interesting in the classroom. Not only is student engagement higher, but we also get more formative assessment on what students are understanding, which helps us plan instruction better." I have found active learning is preferred by some of my Adult Literacy students.
You make a good point because hands-on learning is very engaging. If students are given the opportunity to problem solve, they tend to remember the more practical approach. The more relevant we can make learning, the better it becomes for the students, and they learn how to apply higher level thinking skills to everyday life.
Check out The Journal's article Four Pillars of Flipped Learning that clearly defines this new teaching strategy and offers insights into the 4 major factors that determine the success of this learning style.
I found the results of this report to be surprising--
"The white paper, 'Speak Up 2013 National Research Project Findings: A Second Year Review of Flipped Learning,' reports on a survey of more than 403,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members in the fall of 2013. The survey defined flipped learning as using lecture videos as homework while using class time for discussions, projects, experiments and personalized coaching."
"According to the survey, a quarter of administrators identified flipped learning as having a major effect on teaching and learning, compared to only 21 percent who identified educational games and mobile apps and 19 percent who identified professional learning communities for educators has having a significant effect."
Would you have thought flipped learning had such a major impact on teaching and learning even surpassing educational games, mobile apps, and professional learning communities? Please share your experience with flipped learning.