Faculty at Culver-Stockton College are now thinking outside of the box when it comes to learning with a new method called "flipping" classes.
A classroom in the traditional sense is where a professor talks to a group of students. In a flipped classroom, the students have already seen the lecture, usually on some sort of technology, before they even walk into the classroom.
Officials are using this method in hopes of freeing up class time to be used more for hands-on activities.
This has already been in place since the start of this semester and both teachers and students say they like it.
"This really gives them a better opportunity and creates what they're used to. They're used to going out on YouTube and watching a 5 minute video so we're utilizing the channels that the students want to use for learning," said Dr. DellAnn Janney, Associate Dean of Experiential Education.
Not only does flipping the classroom allow the students to become more engaged in their classrooms but it also accommodates to students' different learning styles. And, in an age where college aged-kids live's revolve around the internet, it's something most of them are embracing.
"Most of our assignments in my classes we have to use our I-pad and there's an app for it so that's how a lot of my homework is done so it's pretty handy," said Sophomore Adam Sturm.
Roughly 10 classes have already adopted this approach and officials hope to expand that number later on down the road.
Dr. Janney also said the college and staff are continually trying to improve the learning environment and better prepare students for the real-world, which they believe this program helps accomplish.
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