The online learning industry has grown significantly over the past few years. Fueled by technology advancements, it has changed the way we perceive education in general. Student engagement and learning outcomes have become key points of interest in all types of online learning. The digital era has brought many tools that now allow for a more collaborative kind of classroom. A good example of this is the increasingly popular tendency to “flip a classroom.” This inversion of the traditional teaching model generates more interaction between teacher, student and course material.
The Flipped Classroom concept is a relatively simple one. The teacher makes all the course material available online and asks students to study it for the next class. The material could be video lectures, interactive presentations, or even eBooks. Having reviewed the material on their own, students are able to ask questions and be more involved during class time.
Of course, flipping a classroom has its limitations. The ability to do it successfully depends heavily on the type of course content. Not all courses are conducive to it. Also, students must be motivated for it to work, so this model won’t accommodate everybody. Furthermore, some students may not have access to the required technology to review some of the course materials.
On the other hand, flipping a classroom allows teachers to explain the material, using many different tools, and to have more one-on-one time with the students. It also allows them to measure the student’s level of comprehension of the material prior to class so that in-class time can be used to address specific problems. Moreover, students work at their own pace, so if they miss a class, they can catch up easily with the rest of the group.
The Flipped Classroom model has the capacity to turn the educational approach from a passive one to an active one where students are better prepared for their careers ahead, creating an environment that allows a better engagement with the course material. While there are no really clear recipes, the infographic below shows some tips and general guidelines on how to flip a classroom.