Radical Transformation: Reimagining Engineering Education through Flipping the Classroom in a Global Learning Partnership

The Australian Government Office for Teaching and Learning has funded a project titled Radical Transformation: Reimagining Engineering Education Through Flipping the Classroom in a Global Learning Partnership, led by the University of Queensland, which is exploring tranformative course development through flipped classroom models.

Centre for eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE) eLIPSE was formed by the leaders of the this project. eLIPSE brings together expertise in eLearning and curriculum design to allow learning innovations to be piloted, and research in these areas to be developed and disseminated.


The Flipped Classroom Book

A major output of this project has been published:
Flipped classroom book The Flipped Classroom: Practice and Practices in Higher Education
Editors: Reidsema, C., Kavanagh, L., Hadgraft, R., Smith, N. (Eds.)

Teaching and learning within higher education continues to evolve with innovative and new practices such as flipped teaching. This book contributes to the literature by developing a much deeper understanding of the complex phenomenon of flipped classroom approaches within higher education. It also serves as a practical guide to implementing flipped classroom teaching in academic practice across different higher educational institutions and disciplines.

More information is available from Springer: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811034114

Emerging amongst the many calls to transform engineering education is a push to replace the traditional lecture with online video ‘content’ and couple this with collaborative active learning on campus.  The interest in this Flipped Classroom approach is mirrored by the global MOOC phenomenon.  Both point to the need to reimagine the online and on-campus environments to ensure successful recruitment and retention of students, whilst maintaining the focus on learning outcomes. 

Large-scale (1000+ students) Flipped Classroom implementation has been demonstrated at UQ in 2012/2013 and has generated significant attention due to its unique pedagogical design, both nationally and internationally.  Expertise from six US and Australian universities will now situationally analyse, develop and fast track dissemination of this transformation in real time. 
The process of this work builds on new forms of open scholarly communication with the goal of accelerating systemic change in engineering education.

Anticipated project outcomes include –

  • Partnership analysis of UQ, USyd, RMIT, Pittsburgh and Purdue Flipped Classroom characteristics focusing on design methods and design patterns;
  • Description and demonstration of open source development practice models for reconceptualising engineering education flipped course design;
  • Analysis and characterisation of engineering learning design patterns used in Flipped Classroom models with consideration to their scaling properties;
  • Shared open source code repository (using Git) of software instruments utilised to capture learning interactions in ENGG1200 and Fundamentals of Software Engineering at USyd;
  • Design guidelines for software instrumentation to capture learning interaction patterns;
  • Description of skills required to redesign a unit using a Flipped Classroom model inspired by engineering challenges;
  • Situational and comparative analysis of selected Flipped Classroom initiatives in Australia and the USA;
  • Recommendations for assessment and evaluation practices in Flipped Classroom and online learning engineering design settings; and
  • Descriptions of the role of support staff for scaling Flipped Classroom practice.

Learning Partnership

The Learning Partnership for the Project comprises the University of Queensland, Purdue University (USA), RMIT University, Stanford University (USA), The University of Sydney, University of Pittsburgh (USA)

Project Team

Members of the Project team are:   Associate Professor Carl Reidsema (Project Leader) (UQ), Associate Professor Robin Adam (Purdue), Associate Professor Mary Besterfield-Sacre (Pittsburgh), Dr Renee Clark (Pittsburgh), Professor Roger Hadgraft (RMIT), Associate Professor Lydia Kavanagh (UQ), Professor Larry Leifer (Stanford), Professor Phillip Long (UQ), Dr Abelardo Pardo (Sydney).

Resources related to the Project will be posted here as they become available.

ASEE TV: UQ Engineering

What does 'flipping' the classroom mean?

Click on the images below to view each video on the screen above

What does flipping the classroom mean?
What motivated you to flip the classroom
What are the potential problems involved in flipped the classroom and how can you overcome them?
Does teaching such a large unit of undergraduates limit or widen the students options?
What advice would you give to a lecture who is thinking about using a similar technique?
How do you stay on top of technology trends in online teaching?

Videos produced by Epigeum Ltd. for the Higher Education Training course "Teaching Online” used with permission.


As in all good flipped classrooms, resources are provided for you as part of your pre-work.

You are strongly encouraged to complete this work before you arrive to obtain maximum benefit from your participation in the Workshop.

Future Workshops

Previous workshops

Coventry, hosted by Coventry University
Sheffield, hosted by University of Sheffield
London, hosted by Imperial College London
Brisbane, hosted by Queensland University of Technology
Sydney, hosted by Blended Learning 2015
Adelaide, hosted by University of Adelaide
Melbourne, hosted by Monash University
30 Sep
Singapore, hosted by Nanyang Technological University
Sydney, hosted by University of New South Wales
11 Jul
Adelaide, hosted by University of South Australia
11 Jun
Raleigh, hosted by North Carolina State University
28 Mar
Remote seminar, hosted by University of New England
18 Feb
Sydney, hosted by University of New South Wales
17 Feb
Sydney, hosted by University of Sydney
13 Dec
Invited workshop on flipping the classroom
Melbourne, hosted by RMIT University
07 Dec
Brisbane, hosted by University of Queensland
19-20 Nov
How to flip a classroom
Rockhampton, hosted by Central Queensland University
08 Nov
How to flip a classroom
Newcastle, hosted by Newcastle University
28 Jun
Sydney, webinar for City University, London

The Project Office is located in Room 307 on Level 3 of the Mansergh Shaw Building at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus (map).

Postal address:
OLT Flipped Classroom Project
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
University of Queensland  QLD 4072

Telephone : (07) 3346 1301
Fax: (07) 3365 4799
Email: olt@eait.uq.edu.au


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