Professor Homeyra Sadaghiani from Cal Poly Pomona presented her research on 'inverting the classroom' and the effects on student conceptual learning and attitudes about physics.
An 'inverted' or 'flipped' classroom uses class time to engage in learning activities that are cognitively demanding including class discussion and peer instruction. Traditional class time content such as lecture is moved out of the classroom and facilitated by multimedia learning modules that also help hold students accountable for their work.
Homeyra's results suggest that student understanding improved in her inverted classrooms and that the students also found lectures to be more valuable compared to students in traditional classrooms. Homeyra has plans to explore implications of learning this way including demographic impact and how students manage their out-of-school responsibilities with their physics learning priorities.
Professor Sadaghiani is planning to spend a sabbatical in the coming year at CSUF conducting physics education research in our Catalyst Center.