To Flip Or Not To Flip? Reflecting On PALPable Outcomes Of Flipping The Classroom During The Pandemic

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Maria Ishkova, Dr Vanessa Loh, Dr Georgia White Oliver Lawton Jenna Tyson Herman Fung

Abstract

The word “pivot” became the teeth-grinding buzzword of 2020 for academics. The first half of 2020 was fueled by adrenalin, requiring educators to frantically search for new approaches, techniques, and tricks that might work, grabbing at each possible straw, in order to ensure that learning outcomes were achieved despite the largely unknown and unpredictable circumstances. Everyone, especially innovators and early-adopters, performed at their best, hoping that the emergency teaching that was required was only short-term. However, by mid-2020, it had become apparent that these challenges were ongoing – perspectives did not become any clearer, Zoom fatigue became obvious, and academics were scared to even think about the next semester. At the University of Sydney, the partial return to the physical classroom in September 2020, added an additional layer of complexity, as educators now needed to plan for both online and face-to-face classes, and find engaging class activities that would work effectively in both formats. In this multimedia publication, we conducted a multidimensional reflective analysis on flipping the classroom when teaching and learning Organisational Communication at the University of Sydney Business School (145 students: 3 online + 2 face-to-face classes across 12 weeks). Staying true to the transparency of the “students as partners” approach, this publication is co-created (co-authored) together with students. It draws on the results of student surveys and students setting the priorities among the pre-defined learning outcomes, weekly goal-setting and self-reflection via Personal Action Learning Portals (PALP) created in Student Relationship Engagement System (SRES). Creative video interviews increase student voice and provide their interpretation of student survey questions.

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Author Biographies

Maria Ishkova, Dr, The University of Sydney

Dr Maria Ishkova, PhD, enjoyed an extended successful industry career in communication. As education-focused academic at the University of Sydney Business School since 2018, she received the “Excellence in tutoring” award (2019), the “Wayne Lonergan Award” (2019, team) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching (2020, team) in recognition for innovation and exceptional practice.

Email: maria.ishkova@sydney.edu.au

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-ishkova-936aa420/

Vanessa Loh, Dr, The University of Sydney

Dr Vanessa Loh, PhD, is a Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. Vanessa’s research on individual differences in learning and training contexts has shaped her teaching philosophy which puts student-centred, research-led at the forefront of her educational contributions.

Email: vanessa.loh@sydney.edu.au

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-loh-10751227/

Georgia White, The University of Sydney

Georgia White is a future HR leader with an academic background in Psychology, Neuroscience and Human Resource Management. She strives to empower employees and enhance team and leadership effectiveness in organisations. Georgia is particularly interested in the learning and development, organisational culture, and diversity and inclusion functions of HR.

Email: georgie.white98@gmail.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/whitegeorgia

Oliver Lawton, The University of Sydney

Oliver Lawton, BCom (Liberal studies), Finance USYD, is an innovator and change-maker, believing that minds should be inspired, not filled, and that individuals should be empowered to live their lives to the fullest. The proud founder of the Random Acts of Kindness Society, Oliver now works to help families cure their financial ills.

Email: oliverlawton1@hotmail.com

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/oliver-lawton-01

Jenna Tyson, The University of Sydney

Jenna Tyson is studying Management and Marketing at the University of Sydney. Working with a social enterprise in Vietnam to improve their sales and marketing activities and volunteering at a global, anti-human trafficking organisation has confirmed that she is highly motivated to turn concepts into action and enjoys using data-driven insights to guide strategic planning.

Email: jennatyson.02@gmail.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jenna-tyson-460a66143

Herman Fung, The University of Sydney

Herman Fung, BCom (Marketing and Management) USYD, is passionate about empowering others to grow their effectiveness and leadership capabilities. Through this, he hopes to improve corporate culture and contribute to the individual’s personal development and fulfilment.

Email: hermfung@gmail.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/herman-fung-826a30129

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