Increasing student engagement by flipping the classroom: A practitioner’s tale.

Teaching and Learning Seminar

Room G01, ground floor
Elisabeth Murdoch Building, University of Melbourne Parkville Campus


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Myron Yovannidis

T: 83442116

Traditional university teaching methods are grounded in the delivery of content via passive, didactic lectures that are largely seen as an efficient but not necessarily effective means of mass information transfer. Higher-order, deeper-thinking activities and the application of concepts are typically reserved for the domain of small classes such as tutorials. With changes to the student body reflecting increased access and familiarity with digital resources, online availability of recorded lectures and an increase in the amount of paid work being undertaken, students are spending less time on campus and engaging less with lecture classes.

The “flipped-classroom” approach shifts the role of the lecture away from basic knowledge transfer to become a facilitated, more participatory problem-solving environment. Requisite basic knowledge is transferred via creation of online learning modules utilising short, focused videos, and shifts the onus of learning basic material onto students, in a time and place of their choosing.

This seminar presents a practitioner’s experiences with “flipping the classroom”, utilising a structured approach to transition away from a traditional lecture format and create a more interactive and engaging learning environment. Analyses of the subject and learning environment, design and development of learning materials, implementation of the video lecture platform, experimental set up and evaluation of the viability and efficacy of the approach will be examined in this talk.

Dr Gavin Buskes is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Assistant Dean (Teaching and Learning) for the School of Engineering. He coordinates and teaches several large engineering subjects, totaling more than 1500 students per year, and has received numerous awards for teaching, including the Melbourne School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, a Universitas 21 Fellowship for Academic Staff and the Edward Brown Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2019, he was awarded a GEM Scott Teaching Fellowship to investigate developing a cohort building experience for first-year engineering students. He is a keen adopter of educational technology to drive student learning, both in and out of the classroom to improve engagement, deliver more immediate feedback and lift student academic performance and has authored papers on flipped classrooms, measuring student engagement in large classes and student idea generation.