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FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy


FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning. Attendees should feel free to bring their lunch.

If you are interested in joining the group or would like to be added to the FLIP listserv, please contact FLIP coordinator Raymond Thompson, Undergraduate Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at department Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at

About the Facilitator

Raymond Thompson is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Director in the Department of Exercise Science. He has taught large-enrollment courses for over 10 years and currently employs evidence-based instructional practices (formative assessments, peer to peer feedback, one-minute paper) in his Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses to supplement traditional lectures.  Trained initially as an exercise physiologist and later trained in cell biology, Thompson draws from a broad back ground which helps convey concepts in the classroom. His research interests involve helping undergraduate and graduate students explore risks and prevalence of orthopedic injuries in non-contact athletic scenarios and determining methods to prevent future injury.

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