What is it about?

Faculty at a small southeastern college developed and implemented a teaching technique that flipped a psychology course over three years. Students were responsible for decision making in a case study’s life just post-conception through end of life after being given scant biographical and social information about baby and baby’s parents. Faculty goals included increasing engagement, learning, and outcomes attainment.

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Why is it important?

Novel approaches, particularly in three-dimensional and inter-institutional courses, address faculty and student needs. This is only one such approach but has solid potential for improving lifespan development instruction and for generalization to other courses.


This was an enormously challenging and fun project to work on. The feedback from students in the moment and for formal assessment was so positive. This has really opened my eyes to just how special learning can be when we’re brave enough to step out of the box.

Stephanie Wright
Georgia Gwinnett College

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This page is a summary of: Flipping the script: Utilizing a modified Harvard case study model in undergraduate life span development classes., Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, June 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/stl0000183.
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