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A Case for the Flipped Classroom

A Three-year Longitudinal Study of Student Perception, Engagement and Performance

A Case for the Flipped Classroom

Russell J. Mumper

UGA Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Date: January 20, 2015


Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Georgia, Dr. Russell J. Mumper developed and taught, by lecturing, the majority of a Pharmaceutics course to pharmacy students in a PharmD program for over a decade (2000-2011).  In 2012, Dr. Mumper stopped lecturing and “flipped” the entire course. Of the 162 students, 22 students attended the course synchronously via video-teleconference from two satellite campuses (15 from Asheville and 7 from Elizabeth City) while the remaining 140 students met in a large lecture hall in Chapel Hill.  Self-paced online videos using Echo360 classroom capture were off-loaded and the classroom was redesigned for active learning.  Dr. Mumper also committed to better assess student learning and march up “Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning.”  

"A Case for the Flipped Classroom: A Three-year Longitudinal Study of Student Perception, Engagement and Performance" will describe the rationale and motivation for the flipped classroom, how it was developed and executed, qualitative and quantitative outcomes, and how the experience led to further design enhancements and outcomes in the 2013 course offering. Finally, Dr. Mumper will reflect on important personal and educational lessons learned that may be useful for improving health sciences education and higher education.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mumper joined the University of Georgia as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in August, 2014 after serving for 15 years on the faculty of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the College of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Kentucky.  He joined UNC in 2007 as the first director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served in this role from 2007-2012. He became Vice Dean in 2010 and was the chief academic and strategic officer of the School.  Prior to 1999, he held various product development positions in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry working for Burroughs-Wellcome Co. in North Carolina and GeneMedicine Inc. and Virotex Corporation, both in The Woodlands, Texas.  After returning to academia in 1999, Dr. Mumper received nearly $30 million in grants/contracts pertaining to nanotechnology, nanomedicine, drug delivery, and pharmaceutical sciences.  Dr. Mumper has more than 300 scientific publications/abstracts and forty-five patents or patents pending.  In 2007, Dr. Mumper was recognized by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association as one of six “Great Teachers” at UK. This award is the oldest, continuously given award for teaching on UK’s campus. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, a campus-wide award at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has co-founded five start-up companies.  His published work on the flipped classroom has been profiled by Academic Medicine, EdTech Magazine, eCampus News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Times Higher Education, and The Atlantic, among others.