Title

Flipping an Anthropology Lab: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

Author'(s) Department(s)

Anthropology

Abstract

During Spring of 2014, I flipped one section of the laboratory course “Issues in Human Evolution,” and this attempt was met with mixed results. In this poster presentation, I describe this previous attempt and report on the difference in grades between my flipped classroom and previous sections of traditionally-taught sections of the same course. Though this pilot attempt of a flipped classroom did not uniformly improve all measures, the method still holds promise for increased; therefore, I will also outline my plans for (1) improving my practices and (2) measuring student success in order to check those practices. Regarding improvement, in-class activities must be aligned to online videos and also engaging; some elements of PBL pedagogy will be employed to this end. Regarding measurement, 5 total courses are planned for 2014-2015, during which I will collect data on my students in order to monitor student achievement under this new method.

Core Theme

Engagement

Disciplines

Anthropology | Education | Higher Education | Other Anthropology

Start Date

24-10-2014 2:30 PM

End Date

24-10-2014 3:30 PM

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Flipping an Anthropology Lab: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

During Spring of 2014, I flipped one section of the laboratory course “Issues in Human Evolution,” and this attempt was met with mixed results. In this poster presentation, I describe this previous attempt and report on the difference in grades between my flipped classroom and previous sections of traditionally-taught sections of the same course. Though this pilot attempt of a flipped classroom did not uniformly improve all measures, the method still holds promise for increased; therefore, I will also outline my plans for (1) improving my practices and (2) measuring student success in order to check those practices. Regarding improvement, in-class activities must be aligned to online videos and also engaging; some elements of PBL pedagogy will be employed to this end. Regarding measurement, 5 total courses are planned for 2014-2015, during which I will collect data on my students in order to monitor student achievement under this new method.