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Pilot program flipping the way students learn


Eau Claire (WQOW)- A local school is piloting a program that seems to be a trend on where higher education is heading.

Globe University teaches students that come from many backgrounds. 

"This is my first time to school ever," says Kirk Franke.

"I actually have a bachelor's degree already," points out Lindsey Moldenhauer.

"I was prior military," explains Jerad Polden.

They may have different backgrounds, but in this class, they're all on the same page, learning the same way through a new pilot program called flipped classroom. 

"One of the things that we found is that we spent so much time with a lecture component that our activities were very limited," explains Global University Teacher Joan Hamilton.

Instead of spending classroom time listening to lectures, students listen to them online before class to save that valuable classroom time for discussions and activities.

"Sitting still and paying attention for three hours to somebody talking, one isn't fun for the teacher and two, isn't fun for the student," recalls Tyra Montoya.  "This gets us involved.  You get feedback right away."

"My biggest class I think was maybe 150 kids in a lecture hall," Moldenhauer remembers.  "I didn't do very well in that class either and to have something like this definitely adds to the learning experience."

"Once you are in class, it's hands-on," Polden exclaims.  "You get to actually see in Kinesiology what the muscles are doing, play around with them."

"We have a lot of one-on-one time and your questions get answered instead of just being a number," Franke points out.  "You get to learn your stuff before you come into the class and then considering our degree that we are going for, massage therapy, we get to get our hands on literally on things and make things click in our brain."

"Usually at this point, you've had a handful of students that have dropped the class already or just are showing up late and these guys are all here before class and are studying," Moldenhauer laughs.

Globe University says it's a trend many universities are switching to and could become the way of the future.

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