Professors: Here’s how to flip your classroom

Benefits of the Flipped Classroom

The flipped classroom model allows for a deeper, more hands-on, and more engaging experience for students in the classroom, enabling students to start with lower level concepts at home and discuss higher-level concepts or areas of struggle in the classroom. The model provides more meaningful interactions for students and teachers by giving teachers higher-quality face time with students.

It allows students to consume course content by having the ability to rewind and replay videos as often as they’d like, until they truly grasp the concept. It creates a more collaborative environment among students, with students working together to solve problems. Lastly, students benefit from a personalized learning path, where the instructor can use formative assessment data in real time to impact what students do both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Getting Started in Your Classroom

Numerous resources are available that instructors can use to help implement a flipped classroom. The Flipped Learning Network is a social network that provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully flip their classroom. Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, provides a firsthand account and tips on how to get started in your own class.

As Jennifer Demski argued in Campus Technology, using technology that is already in place can help both students and faculty bridge the gap between traditional teaching methods and a flipped classroom.

For example, Dr. Stoltzfus uses a method called “Just-in-Time Teaching” to ensure he aims his classroom activities at the right level. He includes questions on the videos he posts and has students ask their questions right on the videos; a discussion of those comments and questions in the classroom addresses common misconceptions that would hinder further conceptual development.

While the flipped classroom may not fit everyone’s teaching and learning style, the benefits are numerous and instructors looking for a more collaborative learning approach may want to consider the flipped classroom.

By moving content delivery outside of the classroom, instructors are able to use valuable class time to dig into challenging conceptual topics that would otherwise not be examined in as much depth, and students have the opportunity to engage with the material right away in class with the instructor present.

This learning model is one way in which instructors can increase student success and cultivate “twenty-first century skills.” What are your thoughts on the flipped classroom? Is it a change for the better?

Brian Lukoff, Ph.D. is Program Director, Learning Catalytics at Pearson and Matthew Stoltzfus, Ph.D., is a Chemistry lecturer at Ohio State University. 

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