What is the Flipped Classroom?

The flipped classroom refers to a model of learning that rearranges how time is spent both in and out of class to shift the ownership of learning from the educators to the students. In the flipped classroom model, valuable class time is devoted to higher cognitive, more active, project-based learning where students work together to solve local or global challenges — or other real-world applications — to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Rather than the instructor using class time to dispense information, that work is done by each student after class, and could take the form of watching video lectures, listening to podcasts, perusing enhanced e-book content, or collaborating with peers in online communities. Students access the online tools and resources any time they need them. Faculty can then devote more time to interacting with each individual. After class, students manage the content they use, the pace and style of learning, and the ways in which they demonstrate their knowledge; the instructor adapts instructional and collaborative approaches to suit their learning needs and personal learning journeys.
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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • In the VET sector there is huge potential, video learning resources work well with students who prefer short engaging content. All too often lectures are spending too much time in class in instructivist mode when this could be done online and viewed prior to class. - stephan.ridgway stephan.ridgway Feb 17, 2016 This is being used in the WA VET sector in both trades and community services areas primarily so students who are being block released from workplaces can get the most from their time on campus. - yvette.drager yvette.drager Feb 18, 2016
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Nice reminder that flipping the classroom is not much use if you don't also flip the teacher http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/flipping-teacher.html. - geoffrey.crisp geoffrey.crisp Jan 24, 2016
  • - s2.vaughan s2.vaughan Feb 13, 2016 totally agree. Flipping the spaces is the say bit, supporting staff to imagine new, more active engagement is the hard part - project based, problem based learning etc..
  • Building the capacity of staff to think and act differently is still a huge issue - geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 16, 2016
  • Getting students to view content prior to class can be challenging, if the f2f time is restructured so project work is dependant on having viewed the content then what happens for those do did not? Not insurmountable challenges but implementing a flipped model is not as simple as simply putting some video links in an LMS topic area. - stephan.ridgway stephan.ridgway Feb 17, 2016
  • I think that management also needs to understand the methodology of Flipped Learning so they have a solid understanding for when they are organising timetables. Many in senior management in the VET sector still view this as a way to shave time away from F2F sessions rather than a way to augment the learning to the students are already to engage in the session content immediately. - yvette.drager yvette.drager Feb 18, 2016

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Potentially quite transformative, a number of Universities in Aust. have abandoned lectures for example. If institutions take the approach seriously and and fundamentally transform their pedagogy it will have a huge impact.
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