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Northwest Missouri State University


Janet Marta

Janet Marta

Dr. Janet Marta, Professor

Marketing/Management Department

Inverted or Flipped Classroom

In an inverted or flipped classroom, students are expected to read materials required for class, including the textbook and other resources that may be used and possibly listen to a mini lecture, outside of class time. Class time is then freed up to focus on discussion, collaborative work, and engagement with the other activities that are traditionally done outside of class.

Dr. Janet Marta teaches International Business for the Marketing/Management Department and uses a model similar to the inverted or flipped classroom model.  The main teaching strategy Dr. Marta employs for her International Business course is total immersion in the content through extensive reading of material from the textbook and outside sources such as the Wall Street Journal.  She encourages interaction with peers as they apply the materials using course activities.  Her approach is to expect the students to read the materials required and through group participation and interaction guide the students to synthesize the content.  A secondary strategy is to utilize teams or groups for the discussion of content and for the activities that are to be completed in the course.  This strategy simulates teams in business.  A formative check of the reading material is completed each class session through the use of individual and group quizzes.

Students are formatively assessed at the beginning of the class session with a quiz taken individually and graded during class.  Students are divided into groups and once quizzes have been graded, students take the quiz again as a group where they can discuss issues and concerns about the questions and answers.  This includes being able to challenge Dr. Marta regarding questions and answers on the quizzes.  If an individual grade is at least a 70%, students are allowed to average in the group score to improve their individual grade.  

During the remainder of time in class, Dr. Marta discusses topics that will be on the test related to the chapter content.  She asks direct questions of specific students and tosses them a ball.  They are expected to support their answers based on their reading.  The ball is used to help students feel more relaxed about answering questions.  If they feel they cannot provide an answer, they are allowed to pass the ball to another student to assist them in answering the question.  An essay exam is also given after all content has been read and studied using this individual and group process. 

Finally, during the latter part of the course once the main content has been covered, a consultation presentation is completed by each of the groups based on specific guidelines provided in the syllabus.  This presentation allows the students to further synthesize the content in a real-world approach by working on this consultation to determine if a firm should invest abroad in a specific country. 

Dr. Marta is a Professor in the Management/Marketing Department where she teaches International Business.  If you are interested in learning more about how Dr. Marta organizes her daily class session, contact her at jmarta@nwmissouri.edu or x-1859.