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RESOURCE: Using Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom

An active learning approach produces the same student learning outcomes in both flipped and nonflipped classrooms, according to new research from Brigham Young University (BYU).In the flipped classroom model, students watch video lectures outside of class time and participate in active learning activities during class time. The approach has been growing in popularity, so researchers at BYU decided to test its effectiveness.

They created two freshman biology classes, one that used the flipped model and one that didn’t. Otherwise, the classes were nearly identical. They had the same instructor, lectures, assignments and activities. There were 55 students in one class and 53 in the other. They were taught one after another at the same time of day. And they used the same level of active learning in and out of the classroom, according to information from BYU. At the end of the semester, the exam results of both groups of students were equivalent….

via Research: Using Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom — Campus Technology.

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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