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Flipped Learning

What is Flipped Learning?

Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach in which students gain first-exposure learning of course material outside of class, often through readings or lecture videos. Instructors then engage students during class meetings in more complex application, problem-solving or analysis. 

In other words, students do less complex cognitive work (memorization, comprehension) on their own time. They then participate in hands-on activities and discussions in class. This approach helps move students to higher levels of learning.

Why should I consider flipping my course?

Not every course should be flipped, of course. However, research indicates that well-designed flipped courses may have significant advantages over traditional lecture-based courses. These advantages include:

  • Students can learn new material at their own pace and review material they have not mastered.
  • Students have an incentive to prepare for class.
  • Students work during class time rather than passively listening.
  • Instructors have an opportunity to work with students on higher-level activities.
  • Students are more motivated and participate more in flipped courses. 
  • Students perform at higher levels academically in flipped courses.

Most flipped courses are comprised of a blend of online and face-to-face (or synchronous online) elements. In a flipped lesson or course, instructors typically:

  • Provide activities that give students first exposure to new material outside of class;
  • Require students to complete a task or assessment to demonstrate their understanding prior to coming to class; and
  • Conduct in-class activities focused on higher-order thinking and application.

How CTE can help.

Our Faculty Associate Director for Innovative Teaching, Janet Hudson, is available for individual consultations and assistance with flipped learning. You can reach Janet at jghudson@mailbox.sc.edu.

We can help you:

  • Select appropriate technology and Web 2.0 tools to create engaging course content that students can access anytime and anywhere;
  • Design dynamic, interactive learning activities that help students develop critical thinking and analytical skills; and 
  • Create online and face-to-face course components that work together to effectively guide students to master and apply course concepts.

Whether you are starting a course from scratch or want to try flipping a single lesson or unit in an existing course, we will collaborate with you to identify learning activities and technologies that fit your teaching style and your students' needs.