Professor condenses what he’s learned about implementing Flipped Learning over the last three years

flipped-learning-practicesThe flipped classroom model has undeniably become a go-to learning model in the digital age of higher education, but what have educators learned since the model’s debut? What are the best practices that work?

As a form of blended learning, the flipped classroom model typically requires students to study new content by reading or watching video online before class, leaving class time for discussion and other activities that can be customized to focus on content that students are struggling to understand.

I’ve been utilizing the flipped classroom model for my chemistry course at Ohio State University (OSU) and have seen great results. Based on what I’ve been reading and hearing about in education, it looks like I’m not alone. According to a recent study, 50 percent of teachers are already flipping or planning to flip their classroom within the next year and 96 percent of teachers who have flipped a lesson recommend the model to other educators.

My journey began in the summer of 2011, as I was looking for a way to align my courses with Ohio State University’s Digital First Initiative, which focuses on redesigning the campus experience at OSU by optimizing wireless and classroom technology, inspiring instructors to offer engaging digital learning content to students, and enhancing the student experience from enrollment to graduation and beyond.

As per the flipped learning model, students enrolled in my course will typically view online videos or read digital content correlated with textbook concepts—via the course website or iTunes U Course—prior to class. In-class time is utilized to master difficult concepts or questions, and after class students receive personalized homework assignments based on what students demonstrated in “lecture.”

As this learning model truly “flips” the traditional lecture model, I have highlighted four best practices below for educators who are working on flipping their classroom:

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