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Flipping large classes

Date and time: April 6th, 12:15 – 13:15

Location: ETH Zentrum, HG F33.1

Flipping large classes. Facilitating active learning in the classroom

Flipped classes reposition learning materials into digital media in order to create time and space for active learning in the classroom. A traditional lecture is organized so that groups of students receive information in the classroom but engage actively with the content later, usually on their own.  A flipped classroom, on the other hand, focuses on student engagement with content, with the instructor and with peers, to enhance student learning in the classroom.  There are a growing number of lecturers at ETH, who have successfully implemented the flipped approach in large classes. John Lygeros, professor at D-ITET and Credit Suisse award winner for Best Teaching, and Jeff Miller, senior associate director from the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, and lecturer in the Masters of Educational Technology at the University of British Columbia, will share their experiences facilitating flipped learning in large classes.


Recommended resources regarding flipped and active learning at ETH


  • Flipped Classroom Teaching Lab
  • didactica courses:
    • „Wirkungsvolle Nutzung von Videos für den Unterricht“
    • „Videos ohne grossen Aufwand selber erstellen und gezielt in der Lehre anwenden“
    • „Using Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to gain insights into student learning”
    • „Flipped Classroom”, 15th and 22nd December, half a day each
      1. und 22. Dez. 2017 (je ein Halbtag)

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Implementing flipped classrooms

Date and time: February 23rd, 12:15 – 13:15

Location: ETH Zentrum, HG E41

Implementing flipped classrooms – Options for practical implementation

In the flipped classroom, actual knowledge transfer takes place during independent study phases and class time is used for discussion, critical reflection, applied exercises and competence development via teamwork and presentations.

This is the second event on this topic (see the link below for documentation on the first event). This time we will focus on concrete ways to deploy the flipped classroom in your teaching. Experienced ETH colleagues Dr. Katja Köhler, Prof. Ulrike Lohmann, Dr. Amewu Mensah and Dr. Lukas Fässler will be present to provide input.
The event itself will be held in flipped classroom format. We therefore ask you to read the enclosed brief project descriptions by the presenters (5-10 min.) before the event: 
– Dr. Katja Köhler, Prof. Ernst Hafen: Flipped lecture “Biology IA”
– Prof. Ulrike Lohmann, Dr. Amewu Mensah: Example of hybrid mode (classroom and flipped) lecture “Atmosphärenphysik”
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– Dr. Lukas Fässler: “E.Tutorial” https://et.ethz.ch/en

Summary of the event: Group discussions & take home messages.

Optionally, you may also wish to read a brief summary of the flipped classroom concept in our blog article.

We also cordially invite you to join us after the event for lunch in the course room, where you can exchange ideas with others.

Documentation on the first flipped classroom event, 14 April 2015:

Useful ETH documents & tools for flipped classrooms:

Flipped Classroom

Flipped Classroom – More scope for classroom teaching via flexible transmission of knowledge

April 14, 12:15 – 13:15, HG E 41

Experience at ETH and other universities is showing that the “flipped classroom” approach to teaching has advantages over the traditional lecture. The idea of the flipped classroom is that students acquire the knowledge content of the course in advance via independent study (the “flip”) so that time in the classroom can be used for consolidation and generally interactive activities. For the independent study phase students are given access to videos and other digital technologies, with flexibility as to how and when they use them.

In the classroom faculty and assistants can monitor the learning process more closely. Here the physical teaching space also plays an important role, and moveable furniture can also aid group work and other interactive phases. At this session faculty will report on their own experience of the flipped classroom and how it contributed to the development of their teaching.

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