The Flipped-Learning Model - Is it Right for Your Classroom?

Association of Educators
July 18, 2013 — 947 views  

Flipped classroom or flipped teaching is a form of teaching in which the students watch lectures or video lessons, prepared by the teacher, outside school and apply the knowledge during class hours by doing practical work or taking tests.

In a traditional classroom, students might become passive listeners and as some material is not engaging enough for them. In a flipped classroom, the students are active participants which makes the students put in the extra effort to understand the concepts being taught knowing very well that the knowledge will be used for practical purpose the next day at class.

What is a Flipped Learning Model?

Flipped learning model is a student-centric approach to teaching where the student does pre-class reading or watching lecture videos developed by the teacher.  During class, the teacher and the students then engage in a discussion on the pre-class reading. Depending on the student’s understanding of the concept, the teacher creates additional explanation if needed or may move on to the next topic.

The main difference between the traditional teaching method and a flipped teaching method is that students receive more time with the teacher for practical application of the knowledge, rather than just getting to hear a lecture and then deal with assignments without much help or supervision.

Advantages of Flipped Learning Model

The flipped learning model has quite a few advantages over the traditional method of teaching.  Some of the advantages are:

  • The students get more 1:1 time with the teacher in the classroom
  • Students can stop, pause, or rewind the video lesson any number of times to better understand a particular concept
  •  Creates a collaborative learning environment in the classroom
  • Students can approach concepts at their own pace
  • Teacher is available for the homework session to clarify any doubts
  • Video lessons can use pictures and images to provide adequate learning opportunity for visual learners
  • Using technology for educational purpose at an early age makes the student proficient in the latest tools

Considering Implementing the Flipped Learning Model?

Some amount of planning is needed to successfully implement flipped learning model.  There are two main steps for a flipped learning model.  The first one is creating and sharing a video lesson, and the second one is creating learning activities to be used during class time.

Following are a few tips that can be used to successfully implement a flipped learning model:

  • Establish a level of technical skill of the instructor before planning a video lesson
  • Type of video lesson – online video, narrated screencast, or videotaped lecture)
  • Type of software needed – This depends on the technical skill of the instructor.
  • Learning strategies – problem-based learning, collaborative learning, etc.,)
  • Type of activities – peer teaching, group discussion, competitive games, demonstrations, project developments

In a flipped learning model, students become active participants, as opposed to being passive participants in the traditional method.  Flipped model utilizes technology for educational purposes and helps students hone their technical skills and be prepared for a highly competitive future.

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