Some low student evaluations in flipped classrooms, Welsh said, could be related to inevitable technical glitches in the viewing of online lectures. Still, the model has become popular across higher education.

Eighty-six percent of faculty who responded to the survey said the flipped model has helped improve student attitudes.

“There is an imperative to increase the real-time and real-world value of college degrees in order to meet the rising costs of higher education,” said Sean Brown, senior vice president for Sonic Foundry.  “Despite the investment of time and effort required to implement the flipped classroom model effectively, the approach is clearly delivering key benefits to both students and faculty and will continue to see increased adoption in the coming months and years.”

It has been common in recent years for professors to view the flipped model with some skepticism, as student evaluations went a long way in determining who received a pay raise from administrators.

The Sonic Foundry survey results should go a long way in allaying those fears, Welsh said.

“If I’m not sure it’s going to work then I’m going to stick with what I know and what I have, since there’s no compelling reason to change,” he said.

Educators can join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #eCNFlippedLearning


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