Flipping Business Computing Class: An Integration of Design Thinking and Blended Implementation in the Vietnamese Educational Culture

Ashish K Das, Quynh Thi Nguyen, An Nguyen, Susan Thomas
InSITE 2018  •  2018  •  pp. 001-011

This study aims to provide a description of how flipped classroom was designed in the Business Computing (BC) course in order to adapt with the changes in the Vietnamese students’ learning needs, as well as social and technological developments that disrupt student’ behaviours and living styles.

The flipped classroom (FC) model is widely implemented, especially in the English language classes due to an immensely high demand in the Vietnamese market. However, there has not been any imperative published research on the impact of using FC models on higher education in Vietnam.
The BC course was implemented the FC model across the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University’s campuses. The idea of using this model was to adapt with changes in social and technological developments.

A comprehensive literature related to the common pedagogy in practice in Vietnam was provided. This helped the design team of the BC course to understand the characteristics of the Vietnamese students and subsequently, offer a suitable flipped model that improves student’s engagement. A proposed method of using the design thinking (DT) approach while flipping a BC class was underlined.

The outcome of this study assists national educators in Vietnam to confidently embrace the FC concept as a model for pedagogical modernisation and advocate the real need to provide a dynamic learning environment.

The initial conclusion showed that there is an existence of preparation for student’s study, especially during post-class periods.

It is vital to conduct a rigorous student’s need and their learning styles before designing learning contents that matches with course learning outcomes.

In order to increase student’s engagement with the course content and materials, educators and designers may explore a combination of multimedia, pictures and narrative sources to enrich learning sessions while simplifying theoretical concepts.

Utilizing advanced technologies in teaching gives students advantages to interact and gain other skills that meet the demands of potential employers.

flipped classroom, learning styles, design thinking and student centric learning
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