Flipped Classroom

The Flipped Classroom has been described as an instructional strategy where the elements of a traditional classroom lecture and homework/assignment are reversed.

Flipped classroom flow chart.

Source: Center for Teaching and Learning

The flipped classroom has been described as an instructional strategy where the elements of classroom lecture and homework/assignment are reversed. In other words, students spend time outside class time to watch pre-recorded videos of lessons and review the lesson/complete assignments during class time under the guidance of the teacher. The purpose of the flipped classroom is to “free class time for learning”.

The teacher assigns short videos on topics to be covered so that students may watch at home before the actual class session. This gives the students the freedom to watch the videos at a time most convenient for them and as many times as they wish. The students then spend class time to check their understanding of the materials by completing hands-on exercises, assignments, problem solving and interacting with one another.

Research has shown that a growing number of teachers and faculty are adopting the instructional strategy. Click on the link below to read more on how the flipped classroom has helped computer science students at the University of Toronto to tackle homework in class.

Engaged students, higher marks on finals: benefits of the inverted classroom

Further readings:

Tucker, B. (2012). The flipped classroom: Online instruction at home frees class time for learning. Education Next, 82-83.

Educause. (2012). Things you should know about: Flipped Classrooms.