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According to the Flipped Learning Network, “Flipped Learning is 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.”

This effectively structures the course so students do lower levels of cognitive work (i.e. Bloom’s taxonomy remembering & understanding) outside of class and higher levels of cognitive work (i.e. Bloom’s taxonomy applying, analyzing, evaluating, & creating) inside the class with the support of classmates and the professor. Learn more about this concept here.

This method works well across disciplines and even in large classes (source)

Dr. Faith Liebl of Biological sciences noted that this method has increased her approachability ratings on final course evaluations and that it increases her excitement and engagement for lower-level classes, because it removes the repetitive lecture component.

Dr. Chaya Gopalan of Applied Health has found that students spoke highly of the flipped classroom in their course evaluations and that they really enjoy and learn a lot from the engaging group work in class.

How to Get Started

Adapted from Stanford Teaching Commons

1. Plan

  • Before flipping the entire course, consider experimenting with just one class session.
  • Consider your learning goals and desired outcomes
  • Consider which parts of the course would be best-suited for flipping. Ask yourself:
    • What are the most common student misconceptions?
    • Where do students consistently get stuck?
    • Which processes or procedures do you need to demonstrate more than once?
    • What activities make sense to do online and which are better suited for in-class time?
    • How will you assess student learning?​

2. Develop

3. Implement

4. Evaluate

  • Use periodic assessment and evaluation to gather and review student feedback

5. Iterate

  • Using the feedback gathered, enhance what’s working and modify what isn’t
  • Experiment with activities and approaches to bridge any learning gaps

More Flipped Learning Resources

Midweek Mentor On-demand Videos about Flipped Learning. For SIUE faculty, the on-demand videos can be accessed by following the instructions found here.

  1. How Can I Structure a Flipped Lesson? Learn the structure and find the confidence to flip a lesson in a course you already teach or a new course you are designing. Discover how to integrate flipped lessons into the overall course for a seamless learning experience for your students.
  2. Where Can I Find Flippable Moments in My Classes? If you have been wanting to flip but don’t know where to start or fear you’ll do it all wrong, this program is for you. Identify the flippable lessons in any course and determine which parts of your lessons you should actually invest time and energy in flipping.
  3. What Are 5 FAQ's About Faculty Roles in the Flipped Class? This program will give you the confidence you need to start flipping your own courses right away. Discover the answers to the five most common areas of concern for instructors new to flipping
  4. What is Storyboarding? And How Can It Help Me Flip my Class? You don’t have to be an artist or have any kind of advanced production skills to benefit from a storyboard. After this program you will be able to use a storyboard to create a more powerful video that supports learning objectives and reinforces the benefits of the flipped classroom.

Flipped Class Case Studies

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