San Jose State University has found that flipping the classroom for one of its toughest courses has led to a 10 to 11 point increase in test scores, reported the Chronicle of Higher Education.
For years students at the school have struggled with the introductory electrical engineering class; last semester 40% of students taking the class received a C or lower. The university decided that the course would make a perfect pilot project for its new digital initiative.
Students in the flipped course watch videos from edX at home and then come to class twice a week to practice and discuss what they learned. For control purpose the school is also running two traditional versions of the course simultaneously.
Because of the flipped format the class moves at a faster rate and features more quizzes, which makes it more difficult for students and prevents them from last minute cramming. The university will survey students in the flipped class at the end of the semester before deciding whether to flip more classes.
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