Flipping your classroom? What does this mean?


Flipping your classroom? What does this mean?

When it comes to names that are given for new forms of teaching and learning, the 'Flipped Classroom' sounds like one of the funniest. Could we really flip a classroom on its head? 

A few links to resources are provided below, to help you decide if you want to flip your classroom, by trying out new ideas that may save you time in the classroom and help your students a lot. It can really increase the time you have available to interact with your students. 

In the traditional classroom - the one you most likely run right now - you stand in front of the classroom and do your best to lecture, teach and encourage your students to learn. When the class ends, you give them homework and hope this helps them to gain more understanding of the topic.

What if you had the full lecture period to discuss the topic with your students and spent the entire time focusing on questions, quizzes and clarifying the topic? If only I had the time, I hear you say! Doubling the available time in class would be great, but that is just not going to happen. 

There are some alternatives. You may have tried giving your students pre-reading for the class, just to find they had not looked at the text. That is not the only way of presenting your students with the course content though. Since you are a past master of giving presentations to your students, why not try video recording yourself giving a presentation to a class using a smart phone or digital camera? One of your students could assist you. Many people now own smart phones or other devices that can record your presentation and there are free apps on the Internet that you can use to edit out the blunders you make during the presentation. 

With so many people owning or having access to telephones or other devices that can play videos, it should be easy for most of your students to get to see the video. And videos are nothing as hard to watch, as reading through a long boring chapter would seem to your students. You can then spend the time in class talking about the content (not your presentation!) and making sure your students really have a better understanding of the topic. 

There are other ways you could give your students the lecture part of the course before they walk through your door. This blog is only highlighting the video option, which is so easy these days. Here are a few links to articles and resources that may help to encourage you to try out something new that could give you a lot more time for interaction in your classroom:

A Review of Flipped Learning

Teachers in Flipped Classrooms Use Open Educational Resources and Net Texts to Boost Student Learning and Performance in School and at Home

Will MOOCs Change the Way Professors Handle the Classroom?

MOOCs and the Flipped Classroom

Submitted on 12 February 2014.