UBC supports new methods of teaching with “flex learning”

September 6, 2013

The University of British Columbia has joined a growing number of PSE institutions experimenting with new methods of teaching, with the Flexible Learning Initiative. UBC’s new program, often called “flex learning,” blends technology and online tools with traditional classroom elements to create different teaching models that benefit students. For example, many UBC instructors are using the “flipped classroom” model, which has been pegged a PSE tech trend not to be ignored, in their classes. Claudia Krebs, a senior neuroanatomy and gross anatomy instructor, will have students attend the lecture online at home and then do their “homework” in the classroom, discussing the material and doing clinical case studies. In another example of flex learning, a “Basic Chinese 1” course includes short 3 to 5 minute assignments that students can complete on a smartphone app during their lunch breaks, while waiting for a bus, or wherever else they choose. UBC News (1) | UBC News (2)