Pedagogical Impact of Flipped Classroom on Mechanical Engineering Courses
The traditional lecture method of teaching in which students listen and take notes as an instructor speaks in person is hundreds of years old. However, with advances in internet accessand digital media, more efficient ways of teaching were developed; the flipped classroom being one method. This article answers the following question: why would instructorsconsider conducting flipped classroom strategies within their mechanical engineering classes?And what are the expected benefits of adopting such method? Three mechanical engineering courses were studied in terms of their levels of learning goals, their traditional methods of delivery, their assessment tools, and the targeted engineering skills to be developed. The courses are selected such that they reflect varying cognitive levels, a wide range of engineering skills, and different class sizes for providingaqualitative comparison. The courses are Dynamics, Industrial Ergonomics and Advanced Materials Engineering.In-depth monitoring of the students’ engagement and participation as well as tracking their progress are crucial for implementing this method.