What’s the Fuss about the Flip?

Flipped Learning Defined

According to the Flipped Learning Network (opens in new window), a non-profit professional organization, flipped learning is defined as: “a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.”

Flipped classrooms provide a flexible, active learning environment focused on student engagement with content, peers, and the instructor.

Benefits of Flipped Classrooms

Comparing the traditional lecture style class to a flipped class, there is more time in a flipped classroom environment for teacher interaction with students, application of material, discussion, and lab exercises. Students can watch lecture videos outside of class, giving them the ability to learn the material at their own pace. When they come to class, they will be able to engage with activities to reinforce the video lecture and to ask questions. Flipped classrooms give the instructor the time and opportunity to provide differentiated instruction to meet student needs.

Here are a few of the expected benefits to flipped classroom instruction:

  • Instruction meets individualized student needs.
  • Students can watch, review, slow-down, and repeat lectures online, anywhere, anytime.
  • Students and teachers interact with each other more during class time.
  • Attendance increases as students realize they can’t “make up” what they missed in class.
  • Improved student learning and improved outcomes.

Here is an example of a flipped classroom in higher education.

Are you ready to flip?

Vol State faculty who are interested may apply for a flipped teaching project. Proposals are due November 20, 2015 to Rhonda Gregory, Director of Distributed Education.

Flipped Classroom Proposal Form

Additional Resources

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‘Flipped’ science class helps women, those with lower GPA, study shows

PBS NewsHour: What a ‘flipped’ classroom looks like

Showing the difference between a traditional and a flipped classroom