Flipped classroom may help weaker STEM students


The bottom third of students made the greatest improvements in a flipped engineering program.

Flipping classrooms, in a sense, is nothing new for colleges.

In the humanities – history, English and other social sciences – professors often require students to read texts and master concepts at home, then bring questions to class to delve deeper into the information. But more often, engineering, math and science disciplines are jumping into the flipped classroom experience, and with promising results.

The hybrid courses blend online learning and in-class interaction between students and faculty. Some might call it the “anti-MOOC.” Students watch short lecture videos and reviewed downloadable notes at home, then spend class time being quizzed on the concepts they learned, working in groups on more complex problems and getting a head start on their homework.

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