Flipped-classroom with interactive videos in first year undergraduate physics course in Hong Kong

Katie E. Chong, Ka Lai Wong, Chi Wah Leung, Fridolin S.T. Ting

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Flipped-classroom learning has been shown to improve students' learning experience and performance in tertiary education. However, few studies have been done in Asia where the learning culture is vastly different from the West. Here, we studied the effect of flipped-classroom learning with the use of interactive videos on the academic performance of a group of first year undergraduate physics students in Hong Kong. By employing a concept-based pre-test and post-test, normalized gains of 35% and 13% were obtained for the flipped and control class, respectively. A very strong correlation (r = 0.72, p < .001) was shown between the post-test score and the exam results of the flipped class, while the control class showed a moderate positive correlation (r = 0.37, p = .013). Our results showed that the conceptual knowledge of students taught in flipped-classroom improved significantly more than the students taught traditionally, and that their understanding in conceptual knowledge served as a stronger indicator of their exam performance. The interactive videos were well-received and were shown to be one of the most valued components by the students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation and Training in Optics and Photonics, ETOP 2019
PublisherOSA - The Optical Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781557528209
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2019
EventEducation and Training in Optics and Photonics, ETOP 2019 - Quebec, Canada
Duration: 21 May 2019 → …

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
VolumePart F130-ETOP 2019


ConferenceEducation and Training in Optics and Photonics, ETOP 2019
Period21/05/19 → …


  • Active learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • Higher education
  • Interactive video
  • Inverted classroom
  • Physics education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials

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