Flipped Classrooms are More Efficient, Says Study by IIT-B Researchers

By Malavikka

IIT-Bombay professors research on flipped classroom model and prove it to be more beneficial than the conventional classroom. In a bid to come up with an enriching classroom model, IIT researchers took to experimenting flipped classroom by forming a research team.

What is flipped classrooms model?

The model basically flips homework at class room and class work at home. Students will be let to watch lecture videos at home and get back to classroom with ideas to discuss, problem solve and have other subject related practical sessions or activities.

 

The existing model already received mixed response internationally. A part of people consider it to be improving students' performance and another part complain that it increases the workload for students.

85% IIT Students find Flipped Classrooms Effective

However, the study by IIT researchers prove that 85 per cent of students found this as effective or more than effective, 80 per cent opined that the core component of the course such as weekly quizes and mid-term exams must not be changed.

A subject called Process Control, was taught on mandate to 63 chemical engineering undergraduate students. A set of 36 one-hour one year old videos, recorded in the previous year when the course was delivered through the conventional method by one of the authors of the report, was used as the instructional material.

Students studied three videos every week and discussed them through Moodle, a Learning Management System. Group discussion happened once a week with the regular quiz sessions, mid and end semester exams.

Titled 'Efficacy of a flipped method in an undergraduate class at IIT Bombay' the study conducted by professor Kannan Moudgalya of Chemical Engineering and Educational Technology departments and other researchers showed favourable result in the students' performance.

"A limited comparison of the performance with a control group that did the same course taught by another instructor in the conventional way showed that the flipped classroom students performed better. Students who did well in the weekly quiz, did well consistently throughout the course," read the report.

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