Researchers say active learning key, regardless of classroom model

March 6, 2015

New research from Brigham Young University suggests that an active learning approach produces the same learning outcomes whether or not a classroom is "flipped." Researchers studied 2 freshman biology classes that were taught one after the other, each with the same instructor, lectures, assignments, and activities. The researchers said that both classes featured the same level of active learning, in and out of the classroom. When comparing exam results from the classes, the researchers concluded that the flipped classroom did not produce learning outcomes that were any better than the non-flipped approach. They argue that this means educators should focus on ensuring that students are actively involved in the learning process. "If you're not using a model with active learning already, then the flipped classroom is certainly a viable alternative. But if you are, you're already going to see the learning advantages in your course," said study co-author Tyler Kummer. Campus Technology