Interactive Learning

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Instructors | Students


I'd like to hear a student’s
perspective on interactive
learning - is there someone
I can contact who has tried this?

Yes!  Please feel free and contact the following people with any questions you may have:

How many of my courses will be changing to an interactive learning model?

For now, there are only a few instructors using this model broadly throughout an entire course. In other courses, you may see this model from time to time but not through the entire course. How much this model will be used going forward will largely depend on how students rate their experience using it and how much faculty members are interested in trying this approach.

What does the flipped classroom mean?

"Flipping" the classroom means replacing a lecture with some sort of interactive session (e.g. discussion, Q&A, team learning), and delivering the lecture material before class using tools like online video, audio or interactive content. More »

How does this change benefit me? (Will this change the quality of my learning?)

Depending on the type of interactive learning you encounter, you could see several benefits. Modular videos provided online should give you a timely, flexible way to access course content in smaller, more easily-digestible chunks of information. That should help you target the content you need the most. Many of those videos will have "checkpoint" questions associated with them that are used to help you gauge your understanding of material as you take it in, which should help you gain a better sense of how much you are learning and which areas need further review. In a flipped classroom model, you should have more opportunity to apply what you've learned, ask questions, and to work with your peers, TAs and instructors more regularly. 

Will it mean more work for me?

The goal is that no interactive learning approach should take students more time total (inside and outside of class) than current students spend. The hope is that this method will eventually make learning more efficient, and that it will make it easier for students to find the information they need.