Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Second International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Improved learning performance based on a flipped classroom concept – a case study
Thomas Rachfall, Soeren Dressler

Last modified: 06-06-2016


Aim of the research was to improve effectiveness of university education. With the use of new digital tools the learning processes in many different disciplines have been enhanced. However, the traditional class room training can hardly be replaced entirely as the students’ motivation drops with less direct interaction with the instructor. Hence small private online courses are more successful than massive online education. The authors have developed a sophisticated flipped classroom learning approach incorporating various digital tools ranging from different kinds of videos to a class response system combined with class room lectures. The case of the course introduction to management accounting at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin is been presented to demonstrate the usefulness of the flipped classroom concept. An empirical analysis confirms that the students’ acceptance is highest if various methods of teaching are been applied. In particular relying on digital tools only is seen as ineffective and of less value. Eventually, based on the analysis and classroom observations improvement opportunities have been derived in order to further increase the learning performance.

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