Flipped fun: A reflection on five flipped classrooms with diverse student cohorts in STEM disciplines

Leena Panicker, Angela Sheedy

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Flipped learning approaches have had a significant impact on teaching practices more
recently than the traditional teaching strategies in higher education and STEM disciplines.
This paper describes how the concept of flipped learning, the role of the lecturer and
practices around assessments are used in large and diverse online student cohorts. This
paper presents the experience of academics from Nursing, Information Technology and
Sports Science use of flipped classroom strategy and their designed flipped approaches for
their units of teaching and student cohorts. The lessons learnt are reported of the flipped
learning innovations from a multidisciplinary, science-focused, scholarly community of
practice referred to as ‘iScholar’ in a regional Australian university.

For the academics, sharing experiences in practice allowed appraisal of the differing
flips and flops of the blended learning platform. Additionally, they were able to explore the
role of the lecturer in these blended learning modes and evaluate learning experiences of
different student cohorts. The lecturers embraced the challenges of technology and focused on the needs of their differing student cohorts; further, reflected on their practice and shared the experiences with the extended academic community in the University.

Preparation of students for these innovative learning modes was identified as a
crucial step in flipped classroom strategies. The lecturers were explicit about the learning
out comes and the activities expected of the students, which supported the successful
implementation of flipped classrooms. Student perceptions and attitudes towards the
flipped model of learning changed with improved engagement in learning activities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationInternational Journal of Case Reports & Studies
PublisherMadridge Publishers, LLC
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


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