Flipped Classroom

University of Adelaide Deploys Tech for Active Learning

Australia's University of Adelaide is redesigning its teaching and learning model, using technology from Echo360 to promote active learning in the classroom. The institution will roll out the Echo360 platform to "help instructors make the most of class time, giving students more discovery-based, small group interaction with peers and lecturers," according to a press release.

"Advancements in technology and increasing broadband ubiquity allow us to now reimagine the traditional lecture theatre," said Mark Gregory, chief information officer at the university, in a statement. "By leveraging Echo360's technology and analytics, we are able to extend learning beyond the classroom, better engage students during classes and small group discovery sessions, and give academics the ability to identify in real-time students who may need assistance or those who require additional challenges."

Echo360 enables students to review course material, ask questions during class, and communicate with instructors and peers anywhere, any time. The platform also provides instructors with "real-time data about how students are engaging with course content and progressing through the class." 

"The use of this technology is part of a university-wide initiative to enable active, collaborative, and discovery-oriented learning, with the ultimate aim of improving student success," said Philippa Levy, pro vice-chancellor of student learning for the school.

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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