Marshall University - June Harless Center Flipped Classroom Project
In early 2013 the June Harless Center at Marshall University worked with a small group of science educators from Cabell and Mason Counties to pilot a “Flipped Classroom” project with their students. Unlike traditional classrooms in which fundamental content is presented to students in class and then application and extension are practiced at home, flipped classes reverse the two formats. In flipped classes students watch short video segments delivered by their teachers as homework to gain the basic content knowledge, and then come to class ready to interact with their teachers and fellow students on higher level applications of the content.
In the pilot implementation in four classrooms students are reporting higher levels of engagement, increased depth of content knowledge and higher achievement. Teachers indicate that they can provide more educational tools for their students and can better utilize instructional time as well as study time away from school.
We hope to continue the success of this first semester to include additional classes in other content areas. The use of flipped teaching techniques has tremendous promise in providing meaningful educational experiences to students in the state both in and outside of the classroom.