Flipping the Classroom: A Multipronged Approach to Retention of Academically Underprepared STEM Majors

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Watanabe, Junryo
SUNY , State University of New York , IITG , Innovative Instructional Technology Grants , STEM Education , Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) , Access to College Excellence (ACE)
Nationally, there is a problem of recruiting and retaining underrepresented students in STEM, and there is no exception to this at SUNY Oneonta and other SUNY institutions. As a part of a multipronged approach, this project aims to improve the student learning outcomes of traditionally underprepared students by enrolling a cohort group in a “flipped” classroom section of the introductory biology course for STEM majors. The cohort group will be recruited from the college’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Access to College Excellence (ACE) program. The cohort students will gain first-exposure to course material outside of class via online videos created specifically for the course, and they will participate in active learning activities in class. The goal is that student learning outcomes will improve and, thus, increase retention of underprepared students from changing to non-STEM majors or being academically dismissed from college.
This IITG project will implement a “flipped” classroom approach on a cohort group of underrepresented students and test its effectiveness on retention and success of underprepared students in STEM.