Research articles

Flexible learning is grounded in evidence-based, technology-enabled teaching methods that benefit student learning and engagement. This section highlights scholarly research focusing on educational innovation at the post-secondary level.


Flipped classroom

This model emphasizes engagement with course content outside of class time, and active learning in class.

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Peer assessment + feedback

These activities allow students to take an active role in their learning through exercises such as peer review and critique.

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Blended learning

Instructors use a blend of face-to-face and online learning, giving students more choice in when, where and how they learn.

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Community engagement

UBC students partner with community members to help solve complex societal problems.

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Experiential learning

Experience is placed at the forefront of the learning process as students “learn by doing.”

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So which instructional mode is best?

Simon Bates, Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, argues that “despite careful research and analysis, and in some cases meta-analyses of large quantities of published work, findings are far from definitive. The apparently simple question of ‘Which is better: face-to-face, blended or online?’ turns out to be much more complex than you might think, and is possibly not even the right question to be asking.”

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