Department for Health

Innovative 'flipped' classroom experience at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Tue Feb 25 16:36:00 GMT 2014

Some of our final year BSc Sport and Social Science students have been given a rare opportunity to engage with a new innovative classroom experience taking place at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

In a final year unit, Advanced Seminar in Sport, Health and the Social Sciences (convened by Dr Emma Rich and Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb) students have been given access to a series of bespoke videos filmed for them by world renowned researchers as part of a University of Bath Flipping Project (funding also with Dr Michael Silk).

As part of the unit, students discuss cutting edge issues in sport, health and physical culture - including those related to developments in emerging technologies such as performance enhancement, genetic modification and other bioethical developments.

Students have also been given a unique opportunity to gain insight into these issues in the context of current Sochi Winter Olympics.

View a video lecture

Professor Andy Miah, who is at the Sochi Winter Olympics in his dual role as accredited journalist and researcher (exploring media operations) 'flipped' the classroom so that the lecture took place in Sochi at the Games. In this bespoke lecture on post-humanism and sport filmed for this unit, the film gives a rare insight into cutting edge issues such as new technologies as related to a mega-event such as the Winter Olympics.

Following on from the lecture, students are being invited to use social media to pose questions and comments to Professor Miah based on his experiences at the games and to generate wider public engagement with the topics being discussed.

Follow the discussions

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More about 'flipped' projects

The Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office has more information about the Flipping project.