Research

Online learning that actually works.

The FlipItPhysics approach is grounded in physics education and cognitive psychology research. Developed over the course of a decade at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and originally launched as smartPhysics with publishing partners at Macmillan Learning, FlipItPhysics has been used by thousands of students and instructors at dozens of institutions across North America.


Dozens of articles and studies from researchers in the areas of physics education and cognitive psychology informed the authors during the development of FlipItPhysics, including these.

  • P. Black and D. Wiliam, "Assessment and Classroom Learning", Assess. in Ed., March, p7-74 (1998).
  • C. Crouch and E. Mazur, "Peer Instruction: Ten Years of Experience and Results," Am. J. Phys. 69, 970-977 (2001).
  • R. Hake, "Interactive-engagement versus traditional methods: A six thousand-student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses," Am. J. Phys. 66, 64–74 (1998).
  • R. Sokoloff and R. K. Thornton, "Using interactive lecture demonstrations to create an active learning environment," Phys. Teach. 35, 340–347 (1997).
  • R. E. Mayer, Multimedia Learning (Cambridge U.P., Cambridge, 2001).
  • R.E. Mayer, The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning (Cambridge U.P., Cambridge 2005).
  • E. Mazur, Peer Instruction: A User's Manual (Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1996)
  • M. Novak, E. T. Patterson, A. D. Gavrin, and W. Christian, Just-In-Time-Teaching (Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1999).
  • B. D. Smith and D. C. Jacobs, "TextRev: A window into how general and organic chemistry students use textbook resources," J. Chem. Educ. Res. 80, 99–102 (2003)
  • N. S. Podolefsky and N. D. Finkelstein, "The perceived value of textbooks: Students and instructors may not see eye to eye," Phys. Teach. 44, 338–342 (2006).
  • C. Clark, F. Nguyen, and J. Sweller, Efficiency in Learning: Evidence-based Guidelines to Manage Cognitive Load (Pfeiffer, San Francisco, 2006)
  • Sweller, P. Chandler, P. Tierney, and M. Cooper, "Cognitive load and selective attention as factors in the structuring of technical material," J. Exp. Psychol. Gen. 119, 176–192 (1990)