Trialling the 'flipped classroom' in the Politics and International Relations program

Hannah Murphy-Gregory, Glenn Kefford

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


In Semester 2 2015, Politics and International Relations Program colleagues trialled a new 'flipped classroom' teaching pattern for two 200/300 level units. This involved the replacement of the two-hour weekly lecture/fortnightly tutorial teaching pattern with a sixty to ninety minute weekly online lecture via MyLO and a weekly face-to-face tutorial. The presentation thereby represents a contribution to the conference subtheme of the UTAS blended learning model and seeks to explore the potential for the flipped classroom teaching pattern to build 'connectedness' between and among students and teachers (see Lizzio 2006). In essence, the trial sought to establish whether students are better served by a decrease in lecture time characterised by 'one-way teaching' – from lecturer to students with minimal opportunities for student input – to more frequent interactive learning opportunities via tutorial arrangements. This trial takes place in the context of growing recognition of the limits of traditional lecture style teaching as illustrated by declining lecture attendance and the opportunities provided by rapid improvements to online teaching platforms such as MyLO. These trends in higher education, as well as the flipped classroom 'solution', are the subject of increasing scrutiny in the teaching scholarship literature with notable contributions on the benefits of flipped classrooms from O'Flaherty and Phillips (2015), Kim et al. (2014) and Chen et al. (2014).

This presentation shares the Politics and International Relations Program's experiment with flipped classrooms. In Week 13 of the trial, the lecturers surveyed the student cohort via a short questionnaire. Amongst the student respondents, more than 70 percent supported the flipped classroom model citing enhanced learning, greater engagement with lecturer and peers, and flexibility. Detractors noted their preference for live lectures also citing better learning and engagement. This presentation will discuss the results of the student feedback as well as the benefits, drawbacks and implications for teaching staff.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventTeaching Matters (14th : 2015) - University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 2 Dec 20152 Dec 2015


ConferenceTeaching Matters (14th : 2015)


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