Student Body President Andrew Powell said there has been a push to enhance the quality of the academic experience by moving to a blended learning style for science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes.
“We know that this works. We know that we can improve student learning,” he said. “The work that UNC is doing in flipped classrooms and active learning is certainly going to enhance the student experience at UNC but will also place Carolina in a leadership role that will ultimately become a big national change.”
UNC is midway through a three-year research grant from the Association of American Universities that helps fund course redesign in the natural sciences, said professor Kevin Guskiewicz.
“It’s probably not a method that’s going to work in every class, in terms of content, but it seems, according to preliminary data, to be working in the courses that we’ve targeted at this point,” Guskiewicz said.