, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 245–252 | Cite as

Students’ Perceptions of the Value of Using Videos as a Pre-class Learning Experience in the Flipped Classroom

  • Taotao LongEmail author
  • Joanne Logan
  • Michael Waugh
Original Paper


The flipped classroom is an instructional model in which students viewed the learning content before class through instructor-provided video lectures or other pre-class learning materials, and in-class time is used for student-centered active learning. Video is widely utilized as a typical pre-class learning material in the flipped classroom. This paper reports the findings from a survey about students’ attitudes and preferences regarding the pre-class learning experiences in an undergraduate science course that utilized a flipped classroom model. Findings demonstrate that students had positive attitudes towards using pre-class videos in the flipped classroom. Students had different perceptions towards the four types of pre-class learning materials used in this course, including three types of videos and text-formatted materials. Students’ attitudes and preferences on pre-class learning materials did not differ across class levels, major fields, or previous experience of learning via videos. Students suggested that pre-class videos should be kept short and engaging.


Pre-class learning Survey The flipped classroom Video 



The authors give thanks to all the students in the course ESS 220 for their supports and suggestions in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology and CounselingThe University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil ScienceThe University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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