Blended Learning: Showcasing a ‘flipped’ model from Monash University

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Seminar Room 6.30, Level 6, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street, Parkville.

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In this presentation and workshop, A/Prof Harrison and Dr Leung showcase their ‘flipped’ blended learning model. Based on the conviction that high-quality, imaginative resources, coupled with expert knowledge and engaging delivery, could transform student learning, A/Prof Harrison and Dr Leung flipped a large Physiology unit (PHY2032), in 2018. Reimagining popular activities (e.g., escape rooms, murder mysteries and board games), the PHY2032 teaching team developed exceptional video-based workshops that immersed students in the fantastical world of hormones. Routinely described by students as “the best unit of my degree”, PHY2032 received the highest overall satisfaction SETU of large Monash units in 2021­–2022.

A/Prof Harrison and Dr Leung will present their processes of educational transformation and discuss the benefits of their model to both students and teaching staff. Attendees will also enjoy hands-on workshop activities to inspire their own teaching practices.

Associate Professor Craig Harrison is a Physiologist with the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute. His research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the synthesis and activation of TGF-β proteins, and the roles these growth factors play in skeletal muscle and the female reproductive system. A member of the ESA Council since 2014 and its Treasurer since 2017, A/Prof Harrison, along with his colleague, Dr Leung, is the recipient of several teaching awards for his innovative work in PHY2032, including the 2023 Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr Michael Leung is an education-focused Lecturer in the Department of Physiology at Monash University. His ability to leverage advances in teaching pedagogy and technology have elevated content delivery, producing creative and engaging workshops and practicals. Dr Leung’s research background is in exercise neurophysiology and together with A/Prof Harrison, he has begun an academic journey in education research.