The cost of higher education has nearly doubled since 2000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, and continues to rise. Meanwhile, college enrollments are on the decline, down 2.3 percent this spring compared with last year 1. Both the financial return and the skills preparedness of a college degree have come into question. In fact, a 2013 "Bridge That Gap" Index revealed that only 39 percent of employers believed college graduates they interviewed over the past two years were prepared for a job in their field. Meanwhile, a 2013 College Board report estimates that it takes 18 years for a college student to “break even” on the costs of their bachelor’s degree. It’s against this backdrop that Sonic Foundry, the trusted leader for video content management and webcasting solutions, releases the results of a national survey with the Center for Digital Education revealing that half of faculty at universities are employing the flipped classroom model or have plans to implement it within the next 12 months. In fact, the Sonic Foundry survey – the first comprehensive national faculty survey on this technology-driven approach – reveals that:
- The top factors driving U.S. colleges to embrace flipped classrooms include: the ability to provide a better learning experience for students, greater availability of technologies that support the model and positive results from initial trials.
- Among those employing it already, 57 percent of faculty agree that their flipped classroom is “extremely successful” or “successful”, citing key student benefits of “improved mastery of information” and “improved retention of information”, at 81 percent and 80 percent of responses respectively.
Among the biggest challenges with flipped classrooms reported in the survey are the need for professional development to support the model and the amount of time it takes to create course content or reformat existing content. In fact:
- 75 percent of faculty indicates that preparing for a flipped classroom takes more time than a traditional class.
- Despite this, the overwhelming majority – 83 percent of faculty – “strongly agree” or “agree” that the model has positively impacted their attitude towards teaching.
- Another 86 percent “strongly agree” or “agree” that student attitudes have also improved since adopting the flipped classroom.
- The greatest faculty advantages reported are: “more classroom activity/discussion/collaboration”, the “ability to adjust instruction styles on a per student basis”, and “better student performance/grades”.
- While “business/economics”, “natural sciences” and “engineering” ranked as the disciplines most suitable for the flipped classroom mode, more than ¼ of respondents – 26 percent – indicate that they plan to use flipped classrooms across all disciplines.
- 69 percent agree that the ideal classroom size for the model is 11-30 students.
- More than half (51 percent) of faculty record their own video content for their flipped classroom.
For more information, visit www.sonicfoundry.com.Survey Methodology: The Center for Digital Education conducted a survey of higher education faculty members to better understand flipped classroom adoption. In total, 309 responses were collected from the members of the Education Exchange, in an online survey during August to October 2013. While the results from this survey cannot be projected upon the entire population, the results are reflective of those who are members of the Center for Digital Education’s Education Exchange with a maximum sampling error in this survey of +/- 5.6 percentage points at 95% confidence. 1. National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2013. About Sonic Foundry, Inc. Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the trusted market leader for enterprise webcasting solutions, providing video content management and distribution for education, business and government. Powered by the patented Mediasite webcasting platform and webcast services of Mediasite Events, the company empowers people to advance how they share knowledge online, using video webcasts to bridge time and distance, enhance learning outcomes and improve performance. About the Center for Digital Education The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE advises the industry, conducts relevant research, issues white papers, and produces premier annual surveys and awards programs. CDE also hosts events for the education community. CDE’s media platform includes the quarterly Center for Digital Education's Special Reports, centerdigitaled.com, email newsletters and custom publications.