Dr. Russell Mumper, Vice Dean of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC Chapel Hill, had heard the buzz surrounding the flipped classroom. With the explosion of information that a pharmaceutical student must know to succeed in the field, Dr. Mumper knew that there was no way to teach his students everything. To best prepare his students, Dr. Mumper decided to teach the students how to become lifelong learners. By giving them critical thinking skills, students could learn how to filter information presented to them – whether in the classroom or later in their careers.
He decided that flipping his Pharmacy courses would create the active learning environment he wanted. But would it work? To find out, Dr. Mumper also performed a rigorous research study on learning outcomes. The results forever changed the way Dr. Mumper views teaching:
· Final exam scores increased by 5 percent over a three year period
· 93% of students surveyed said the methods used in the flipped class promoted understanding and application of key concepts
· 91% of students said the overall course format of the flipped class greatly enhanced their learning
Our Infographic, The Flip Side illustrates the steps Dr. Mumper took to flip his classroom along with the remarkable results he achieved. We encourage you to share it with your colleagues.
Read the supporting UNC research studies here.