Research Output

Flipped Learning: Engaging Music Technology Students Outside the Classroom.

  Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are an essential part of the learning infrastructure in university but are still commonly used as mere ‘file stores’ that give students online access to materials that have already been used in class. VLEs are not necessarily a place where meaningful learning, teaching assessment (LTA) occur. To enhance the student learning experience, approaches to LTA must be explored that make more effective use of the VLE and engage students in learning outside the classroom.

Flipped classroom (Bergmann and Sams, 2012) is a teaching approach that engages students in learning content prior to class that prepares them for their face-to-face, tutor-led sessions. The asynchronous nature of the flipped classroom means that students may review content as often as required to prepare for face-to-face classes or to consolidate their learning.

This presentation examines the development, delivery and evaluation of a flipped classroom approach to teaching Apple’s music production software Logic Pro X, implemented for Year 1 students on the BA Popular Music at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. It also examines the benefits and challenges of teaching and learning in this manner for both students and lecturers, based on student and staff experiences, and how their feedback has influenced module development.


Bergmann, J. and Sams, A. (2012) Flip your classroom: reach every student in every class every day. Eugene, Or. : International Society for Technology in Education

  • Type:

    Conference Paper (unpublished)

  • Date:

    14 June 2017

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    M1 Music

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    780 Music

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Stillie, B. (2017, June). Flipped Learning: Engaging Music Technology Students Outside the Classroom. Paper presented at Association of Popular Music Education Conference



Music, virtual learning environments, music software.

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