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  Session: Flipped Classrooms B
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Flipping General Physics: First Experience and Lessons Learned
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:40PM
  Author: George E. Matthews, Wake Forest University
336-758-5340, matthews@wfu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: My first experience in flipping a first year calculus-based general physics class showed good learning outcomes but yielded important lessons for future success. Class time included little planned lecture, with nearly all content delivery happening via lecture videos viewed before class. Class time was dedicated to active learning, alternating between ConcepTests and small group problem solving. What brief in-class lecture did occur was prompted by gaps in understanding uncovered during small group problem solving. Critical success factors: communicate reasons for flipping; quiz students on lecture video content; provide each small group with its own whiteboard; choose in-class problems with great care. Students reported little concern over the modest production quality of lecture videos. Students overwhelmingly reported that they would advise other science faculty to flip their classes. For additional information, see http://users.wfu.edu/matthews/teaching/aapt2016/.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: FirstFlip-AAPT2016-final-submitted.pdf

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