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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.

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.