ITx Rutherford 2019 Programme

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Cultivating Student Leadership in the Flipped Classroom

Wednesday 12:20pm - 12:50pm, CITRENZ (Catalyst Room 5)

This paper outlines the design and implementation of an educational approach to cultivate student leadership in a flipped classroom by facilitating a positive learning relationship between the learner and the facilitator through shared leadership and flexible assessments.

The aim is to enable learners abandon the notion of the teacher being the ‘sage on the stage’ and adapt to learning accomplished through interaction. Such an environment enables learners to actively contribute towards their success by taking ownership of their learning. The paper describes the findings of a learner-centered educational approach implemented for an IT Mathematics module run in the flipped classroom model. Student performance over five consecutive occurrences of the module was compared – the first three were prior to implementing the said approach; and the last two implemented the student leadership approach. Early qualitative and quantitative results of the student leadership approach indicate improved student performance and student satisfaction. Students have requested that this model be implemented in more modules.


Sunitha Prabhu


Sunitha Prabhu is a Senior Academic Staff member at the Centre for Information Technology, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec).

Sunitha has over 20 years of experience teaching Information Technology in New Zealand. She specialises in teaching Mathematics, Programming, Databases, and supervises IT projects and internships.