Effective Implementation of the Flipped Classroom Approach in Hong Kong Higher Education for Enhanced Learning Outcomes
Paul Lam, Carmen Lau, Man Tsang, Crusher Wong, Theresa Kwong, Ka Luen Cheung and Kevin Chan
The notion of ‘flipped classroom’ has received increasing attention across educational institutions as it is regarded to have a strong theoretical basis for learning enhancement. However, teachers may find it challenging to implement this new teaching approach. For example, they are required to produce new learning materials and redesign class activities. Therefore, this UGC-funded project has gathered members from five universities in Hong Kong - CUHK, CityU, HKBU, EdUHK and PolyU, to provide essential support to teachers in implementing and maximizing the flipped classroom approach in Hong Kong higher education.
This project introduces five components that are deemed crucial to a successful flipped classroom: Exposure, Incentive, Assess, Activities, and Evaluations. Based on these components, participating universities develop strategies and tips to help teachers to implement the teaching approach effectively. This project has also held a number of talks, workshops and community meetings inviting professionals and practitioners of this field to share their experiences in flipping the class. In addition, our team has recruited about 20 teachers from the universities to participate in teaching trials. We have discussed course designs with the teachers and provided different kinds of support to them, such as evaluation, documentation, technical support in courseware development, etc. In the future, this project will further investigate whether and how the flipped classroom approach enhances teaching and learning outcomes through the teaching trials and in-depth studies. It is hoped that good practices can be collected from these trials and studies, and we will disseminate the results soon.
To learn more about this project, please visit: www.flippedclasshk.net.