Flipping the Physics Classroom

Team of Fellows

  • Ranbel Sun, Instructor in Physics, Tang Fellow (Continuing)
  • Caroline Odden, Chair of Natural Sciences and Physics, Tang Fellow (Continuing)
  • In collaboration with Instructor in Physics Mika Latva-Kokko and the Physics Department

Focus Area: Creativity & Innovation

Project Overview

Tang Fellow Ranbel Sun, in close collaboration with Tang Fellow Caroline Odden, Mika Latva-Kokko, and members of the Physics department, are working together to develop a diverse set of online physics modules and resources. The long-term goal of this project is to create a “flipped classroom” in Physics 550, utilizing a hybrid approach: students are introduced to content in online format outside of the classroom, then practice working through it in class. Using a variety of strategies, including group-based, individualized, teaching and learning techniques, a key motivation will be to test approaches that enable students to move at their own pace through certain parts of the course, in order to achieve a high level of understanding in the process. Online resources will be designed and utilized to introduce content and provide initial feedback. Class time would shift towards learning more in-depth material, exploring demos, and working with peers. These combined approaches will aim to help students take control of their learning, be accessible to students from diverse backgrounds and levels of familiarity with the content, and promote a growth mindset.