What is a Flipped Classroom?
In a flipped classroom the traditional method of lecturing in class and assigning homework for students to complete at home is reversed. Students listen and watch lectures via video on their own time outside of class, and use the time in class to complete homework, work through problems, collaborate with others and the instructor, discuss advanced concepts and other more engaging or interactive activities.
"Information is not instruction." — David Merrill. Utah State University
The Benefits of the Flipping
The flipped classroom maximizes the face-to-face time for discussion where students are able to ask questions and interact in real-time with their instructors and fellow classmates. In other words, rather than being alone at home when working through complex topics or homework questions while studying, students benefit from the instructor's presence, coaching and guidance. The ability to shift the lecture outside of the classroom time allows time for increased active learning and engagement through the professor's expertise, facilitation and guidance.
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Because face to face time is limited, flipped classrooms can also provide the ability to cover more material during the semester. Students can also take their time to complete their notes, reflect, pause, replay and re-listen to the lectures to spend time digesting complex lecture based topics by watching the lectures online, outside of class. Students are able to better prepare for classroom discussions — and engage in them — through being better informed of the main topics and concepts before coming to class.
The goal of the flipped classroom model is to maximize the limited face-to-face time that students and the instructor have while on campus.