New approach to learning

Success in business today is not down to what you know, but what you can do with what you know. That’s why we’re ready to turn business learning into brilliant ideas.

Today’s technology enables access to a wealth of information, but to make sense of complex concepts you need to be able test understanding and put it into practice. And in an age where innovation and agility is everything, soft skills like leadership, collaboration, adaptability, problem solving and curiosity are just as important as test results.

So our approach to education is being transformed. It’s enabled by new technology, and has its foundations in a new way of teaching that is commonly called the ‘Flipped Classroom’.

What is a flipped classroom?

The term ‘flipped classroom’ can refer to a physical space, as well as to a way of teaching based around the use of video pre-lectures and a range of learner-centred teaching approaches. In essence, the concept of a flipped class is that the things which traditionally were done in class are now done outside of class, and the things which were done as homework are now done in class.

The onus is placed on students to undertake pre-class preparation, which may be based around pre-readings, recorded mini-lectures, pre-class tasks, and so on. On-campus class time is then spent deepening their understanding of the material through collaborative exercises, movement and interaction with their peers, and learning by doing (putting into practice what they have learnt). Teachers become facilitators and coaches, and can spend time making sure that all students fully understand complex ideas – especially important for students where English is a second language.

How does it improve learning?

There are many different approaches to flipping a classroom, and it’s already being trialled at leading universities here and overseas. Some benefits include:

  • Improved student engagement, with an active approach to learning
  • Immediate feedback on questions or difficulties with assignments
  • Present teachers with possibilities for adapting and enhancing their teaching approaches
  • Improved soft skills such as collaboration, leadership, presentation, negotiating and problem solving as a group

What resources are needed?

This is a fundamental shift in our approach to teaching, and it means our faculty will spend time preparing online video lectures and other useful, relevant resources, as well as creating active group activities and challenges to reinforce learning.

Spaces for campus learning will become less formal, and more flexible. They need to encourage group work and open discussion through both design and technology – and that’s what our first phase of The Place achieves.

We’ll also be monitoring the way students and teachers respond to these spaces and this new approach – through sensor technology tracking movement, for example. This will further contribute to a greater understanding of the potential of a Flipped Classroom approach.

Be part of this transformation

Our external supporters, including Alumni and board members, are actively helping us bring this exciting vision to life. If you’d like to find out how you can get involved, and create the next generation of business leaders, please contact Laura Goldsmith

Students in the flipped classroom