What are “flipped” classrooms? And why do we keep hearing about them in regards to STEM education? This pedagogical approach has grown recently in higher education classrooms around the world. Now is the time to learn all about flipped classrooms and how programs, like PTC Creo, can help you demonstrate difficult science and technology topics. The PTC Academic Program is hosting a webinar to explore what it means to conduct a flipped classroom, and how it can help both you and your students.
We don’t want to spoil anything for you, but just to give you a general idea of the topic we thought it might be good to highlight some key points and provide relevant examples.
What is a Flipped Classroom?
A flipped classroom inverts the traditional educational model of teachers presenting content in the classroom and sending students home with assignments to demonstrate their knowledge of what they learned. Instead, the content is delivered outside of class via online platforms (videos, podcasts, tutorials, etc.) – and time in class is spent on assignments and activities.
This allows students to interact with the course material, and encourages them to apply what they’ve learned. If there is any misunderstanding or confusion, students can address it with instructors in real-time. Check out the full infographic from Knewton to get a more in depth look at the history and practice of flipped classrooms.
*Image Credit: Knewton Infographics
Flipped Classrooms Benefit STEM Education
Flipped learning models are just recently being used in STEM related courses, and have produced some interesting results. In 2013, the Flipped Learning Network released a review of flipped learning and its use in schools. The review cited an online survey of 450 teachers associated with flipped classrooms, “66% reported their students’ standardized test scores increased after flipping their classrooms” and “80% of teachers perceived an improvement in their students’ attitudes towards learning.”
Although the practice of flipping STEM classrooms is not necessarily new, the education community has been hesitant to adopt this method. STEMwire also noted that over half of STEM educators surveyed still use lecturing as their primary method of teaching. The major drawback being that many educators prefer teaching in the same way they were taught. But with technology evolving, it is important to reach students where they’re most comfortable. That means bridging the digital landscape.
Register for PTC Webinar to Learn More
The key to successfully implementing a flipped classroom model is to understand the expectations that are required from teachers and students. The PTC webinar, “Flipping Your Engineering Classroom”, will help you explore your options and discuss how to get started. Learn to use PTC software to establish an effective engineering program.
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