Flipping the classroom is in vogue, the Washington Post reports. The idea is to take the standard lecture and put it online or in some other format that a student can review on his or her own time — hence the term “flip.” Then students and instructors have classtime free to work on seminars, projects, homework or whatever. Or they can listen to a guest lecture. Last month, I reported the example of Philip Zelikow at the University of Virginia. His lectures in modern world history are now available to the world via a free online platform called Coursera. That means his U-Va. students in his flipped class at Charlottesville spend more time interacting with Zelikow and less time passively listening.  There are many examples of this phenomenon. Here are a couple more. At the public Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, professor Deborah A. Mathews said the Social Work Department puts much of its lecture material online. About two weeks before a semester begins, Mathews said, the online portion of the class goes live…

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