4.2.1 Flipped classroom learning design


Flipped classroom

A specific case of blended learning design is called the ‘flipped classroom’ approach. The key idea in flipped classroom learning designs is to shift the one-way delivery of content online to use the face-to-face contact time for collaborative and applied learning. The aim then is to encourage students to come prepared to face-to-face sessions with the basic knowledge of a topic which they can then build upon through learning activities in class and subsequent follow-up activities or assessment.

However, linking to a YouTube video or pre-recording a mini lecture is not likely to support learning on its own. Flipped classroom approaches require designed-in learning activities that enable students to take the lecture content and learn through doing something with it, whether that’s problem solving, discussion or a creative task.

The video below is from our webinar on flipped learning design (slides available [via SlideShare]) and presents the design approaches for video-based flipped learning:

See 3.7 Multimedia on how to create learning resources for use in the flipped classroom model, 4.2.2 on in-class technology for making more of the face-to-face time and the pedagogical approaches in 4.4 for choosing a suitable online learning activity as a precursor or follow-up to a face-to-face session.

Worked examples

Case studies

E-Learning Walkthrough

Flipped classroom: Mastery model

Enabling small group working and tailored support in computing labs, delivering core content by video online.
Dr Louis Rose, Computer Science
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Video lectures

Extending the lecture with recorded mini-lectures and tutorials.
Dr Jacco Thijssen, Economics
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Online interventions

E-Learning Walkthrough

Structured learning modules

Structured learning modules
Presenting students with sequentially-organised resources is easily achieved within Yorkshare and provides you with the ability to guide students through a topic in a controlled or predetermined way (e.g. scripted pathway). Videos and quizzes can be embedded within learning modules.

E-Learning Walkthrough

Online tests

Online tests
Tests can provide a means for students to self-assess their own knowledge/progress as well as provide you with an indication, both individually and as a cohort, of how well students understand the key themes of your module. Within the flipped classroom model this can inform your in-class activities, particularly if you will need to address misconceptions with targeted mini-lectures.