Professors pleased with results of flipped classrooms at uToronto

July 25, 2014

Professors at the University of Toronto have begun experimenting with flipped classrooms. Preliminary findings suggest that the innovative approach to education is producing benefits including more engaged students and higher exam marks. Computer Science instructors Paul Gries and Jennifer Campbell use videos originally developed for uToronto’s massive open online courses (MOOCs), hosted on the Coursera platform. Every week, students watch an hour’s worth of short videos and take short online quizzes; in class, students solve challenging problems and practice the programming skills they learned from the videos under the supervision of professors who can help students cross barriers on the spot. “The use of videos with quizzes puts the learning directly in students’ hands,” said Gries. “If they don’t understand a concept, they can re-watch the videos and take the quizzes again. This allows students to learn at their own pace. It is exciting.” uToronto News