Flipping the Classroom for a Material and Energy Balances Course: Effect on Student Learning versus Student Perception and Sentiment


  • Victor K Lai University of Minnesota - Duluth


The flipped class method was employed for the Material and Energy Balances course midway through the semester. Surveys to gauge student sentiment were administered mid-semester prior to flipping the classroom, and a post-survey just before the final exam. In addition, exam scores were compared with those from 5 prior semesters. Overall, while the survey results suggest that students had a largely positive experience with the flipped classroom, a high level of skepticism persists among students.        

Author Biography

Victor K Lai, University of Minnesota - Duluth

Victor K. Lai is an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota  – Duluth.  He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Materials Science and Engineering in 2008.  His research focus is in the mechanics and transport phenomena of biological soft tissues.