A “Revolution” in STEM Education

Historically, humanities courses are discussion-driven and taught                                    using a flipped STEM_logo-236x300classroom approach, in which students read novels and class material outside of class and come to class ready to engage in discussion.  Only recently have the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or STEM disciplines begun to adopt the flipped classroom format.  This implementation of a humanities approach to teaching to the traditional lecture based STEM disciplines is extremely innovative.

Many studies investigating the flipped classroom model of teaching in higher level education have been conducted and proven the efficacy of this model in comparison to traditional models of teaching.  However, even though the flipped class format has many benefits for improving and maximizing the learning experience, there are still many obstacles preventing the full implementation of a flipped classroom model. 

    • Hopefully, with time, research, and more experimentation, universities will see a more extensive adoption of the flipped classroom model in classrooms around the world.

The flipped classroom format will be explored through the unique lens of my Biology 202 Introduction to Genetics and Evolution course at Duke University.

To gain a complete understanding of the flipped classroom format and its implications, I suggest this website be viewed in the following order:

  1. Bio 202 Description
  2. Pedagogy of Coursera
  3. Flipped Classroom
  4. Implementation
  5. A Professor’s Perspective
  6. Works Cited
  • Click here to go to the Bio 202 Description tab