A quasi experiment to determine the effectiveness of a “Partially flipped” versus “Fully flipped” undergraduate class in genetics and evolution

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Two sections of Genetics and Evolution were taught by one instructor. One group (the fully flipped section) had the entire class period devoted to active learning (with background material that had to be watched before class), and the other group (the partially flipped section) had just a portion of class time spent on active learning (with the background material presented during class time). The same materials and assessments were used for both sections. Analysis of objective measures revealed that there was no significant difference between the learning outcomes of students in the two sections. There was no main effect of gender, major, or ethnicity on success in the whole cohort or in either section. There appeared to be a significant main effect of class standing, with freshmen performing significantly less well than sophomores, juniors, or seniors (who all performed equally well) in both sections (p <0.01); however, this was a very preliminary observation, as there were very few freshmen in either section. The only predictor of success in the two sections was prior grade point average. An anonymous end-of-semester survey showed no significant difference between the two sections in interest in the subject matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number11
JournalCBE Life Sciences Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


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  • Education
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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