What is Flipped Learning?
Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach in which students gain first-exposure learning of course material outside of class, often through readings or lecture videos. Instructors then engage students during class meetings in more complex application, problem-solving or analysis.
In other words, students do less complex cognitive work (memorization, comprehension) on their own time. They then participate in hands-on activities and discussions in class. This approach helps move students to higher levels of learning.
Why should I consider flipping my course?
Not every course should be flipped, of course. However, research indicates that well-designed flipped courses may have significant advantages over traditional lecture-based courses. These advantages include:
- Students can learn new material at their own pace and review material they have not mastered.
- Students have an incentive to prepare for class.
- Students work during class time rather than passively listening.
- Instructors have an opportunity to work with students on higher-level activities.
- Students are more motivated and participate more in flipped courses.
- Students perform at higher levels academically in flipped courses.
Most flipped courses are comprised of a blend of online and face-to-face (or synchronous online) elements. In a flipped lesson or course, instructors typically:
- Provide activities that give students first exposure to new material outside of class;
- Require students to complete a task or assessment to demonstrate their understanding prior to coming to class; and
- Conduct in-class activities focused on higher-order thinking and application.
How CTE can help.
We can help you:
- Select appropriate technology and Web 2.0 tools to create engaging course content that students can access anytime and anywhere;
- Design dynamic, interactive learning activities that help students develop critical thinking and analytical skills; and
- Create online and face-to-face course components that work together to effectively guide students to master and apply course concepts.
Whether you are starting a course from scratch or want to try flipping a single lesson or unit in an existing course, we will collaborate with you to identify learning activities and technologies that fit your teaching style and your students' needs.