Faculty Compass

Flipped Classroom Model

The "Flipped Classroom" model can take many forms, but the basic idea is that the traditional model, where students absorb content in class and then go home to practice or explore it further, is flipped.  In a flipped classroom, students are responsible for learning the content at home and then class time is spent on application, synthesis, analysis, or whatever else the content calls for.

Benefits:

  • More time for interaction between teachers and students
  • Students can review content at their own pace and as frequently as they need
  • Active classroom leads to more engaged students
  • More flexibility to accommodate learning differences

Tips for delivering content

In many flipped classrooms, lecture content is delivered via videos (the Kahn Academy is a typical example).   One of the challenges is keeping the content engaging.  Video lectures can feel even less engaging than in person lectures if you aren’t careful .  Thankfully two of the originators of the flipped classroom have provided tips for How to Make Videos Your Students Will Love.

You’ll also want to consult with our IT department and one of our instructional designers to make sure you get the support you need.

However, you don’t necessarily need to rely solely on videos you create.  Take a look at our Course Materials and Readings page for more ideas.

Tips for classroom activities

One of the best outcomes for flipping the classroom is increased time for active learning in the classroom.  If you are intrigued by the flipped classroom model, you probably have your own ideas about how to fill that time.  If you’d like some suggestions, you could try things like

Not convinced, watch Salman Kahn talk about using video in the classroom in this 2011 TED Talk.

Further Readings

Khan, S. (2011). Let’s use video to reinvent education. TED.com
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html

Miller, A. (2012). Five best practices for the flipped classroom. Edutopia. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/flipped-classroom-best-practices-andrew-miller

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