It’s likely you’ve heard the phrase, “flipping the classroom.” You might have heard it has to do with students watching videos outside of class.
But, before you dismiss the concept as yet another teaching and technology fad, you should first consider that the ultimate goal of flipping has nothing to do with technology.
As Derek Bruff puts it,
“I’m all for enhancing teaching with technology … but it’s not the technology that makes the flipped class work. What makes it work is the fact that it upends the “stand and deliver” lecture model of teaching.” (Flipping Out, April 30, 2012,
What is it?
“Flipping the classroom” ultimately has students first engaging with content outside of class, then digging deeper by assimilating and extending the information during the class period when the instructor can guide and support students’ higher order thinking skill development.
The key here is that students can initially learn content in a number of ways – reading, participating in an activity, or watching a video or lecture – outside of class. The instructor role becomes that of a facilitator of learning. He/she helps students identify and fill in gaps, correct misunderstanding, and clarify for transfer.
There are pros and cons to the model, and as with any other teaching modification that emphasizes active learning and student engagement during class time, the method takes additional work on the faculty member’s part and students may be resistant.
The good news is that there are many available resources – from the links below, to consultations available at the Delphi Center, to your colleagues at UofL and across the world.
For more information, check out these links:
Educause 7 Things to know about Flipping the Classroom covering the basics of flipping the classroom.
Jon Bergmann, one of the first educators to describe flipped learning as such, hosts many resources on his website and blog.
Curated site of flipped classroom articles with basic information, practical suggestions, and evidence-based articles from across the web.
Tell us what you think!
Would you consider flipping a class you teach? Why or why not?
If you have already tried flipping a class or course, how did it work? What suggestions would you give to others who are interested in trying it?