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Should you flip it?

Posted by on December 11th, 2013 Posted in: Instructional Design


If you’re at all connected to teaching and training, you’ve likely been hearing more and more about the flipped classroom. The basic idea of the flipped class is to switch how students and teachers spend their time. In the flipped model, teachers prepare and record videos or lectures for the students to view on their own time and then class time is used for solving problems together or other active and collaborative exercises.

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If you’re considering the pros and cons of flipping some of your classes, Teach Thought has a short article that you might find helpful. Although it’s geared more toward the elementary and secondary school classrooms, there are still valuable points to consider. For example, the flipped model gives students more control (an important principle of adult learning, as well) and allows them to easily repeat lessons if needed. On the other hand, it can require significant work on the front end to prepare for the class.

The good news is that a flipped classroom doesn’t have to be all or none. You can deploy elements of the flipped classroom without completely changing your course or class. The NTC has experimented with employing elements of a flipped classroom in some of our classes. For example, we might assign a video to watch and then use more of our time together for practice exercises or addressing difficult questions. While we have by no means entirely flipped the classes, we have received some positive feedback on having more time for doing hands-on work together.

Let us know if and how you’ve employed elements of a flipped teaching by commenting on Facebook or Twitter.

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