Undergraduate Students Experience of Nutrition Education Using the Flipped Classroom Approach: A Descriptive Cohort Study

Sarah J. Burkhart*, Jane A. Taylor, Mary Kynn, Dana L. Craven, Libby C. Swanepoel

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Abstract

Objective: To explore undergraduate students self-reported learning experience in a foundation nutrition education course/unit delivered using a flipped classroom approach (FCA), which requires students to complete independent learning before and after interactive in-class learning experiences. Methods: A descriptive cohort study design used selected items from a self-report flipped classroom student engagement questionnaire to assess Australian undergraduate student (n = 105) engagement in the course/unit and compared with nonflipped courses, preference for FCA, academic achievement, learning behaviors for 3 FCA learning phases, and more or less engaging aspects of the course/unit. Results: Most (66.5%) students were engaged or very engaged, with half (55%) more engaged in this course/unit compared with other nonflipped courses/units with a preference for the FCA (53%). Almost half of the students agreed the FCA improved their academic performance (grade) (45%) and other academic skills (ie, teamwork) (48.5%). Most student comments related to the value of participate phase activities. Conclusions and Implications: The FCA engaged most students in learning and is an emerging learning and teaching approach appropriate for undergraduate nutrition dietetic education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-400
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume52
Issue number4
Early online date11 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Keywords

  • active learning
  • blended learning technologies
  • dietetics
  • student engagement
  • student-centered

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