From Flipped Classrooms to Flipping with Peer Instruction

Great post of peer learning and flipped classroom. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Turn to Your Neighbor: The Official Peer Instruction Blog

In a recent article on flipped learning in USA Today, Nancy Lape of Harvey Mudd College reports finding no statistical difference in students’ learning in a study comparing a “flipped” and a lecture-based classroom.  She states: “(The professors’) lives might be easier and their students might be happier if they just do a traditional class.” (Since this posting, questions have surfaced about the quality of the reporting in the USA Today article and members of the research team have provided more accurate depictions of the study here). 

From a scientific teaching perspective, Lape makes what seems to be firm conclusions that are disheartening (and perhaps misguided) based on what she readily admits are “preliminary” findings from a pilot study.  Innovation, pedagogical or otherwise, always involves multiple iterations. What would have happened if Thomas Edison quit the first time he saw dark when he flipped the switches in his lab?…

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