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:

 

You can watch a recording of our lunchtime webinar ‘Screencasting as a Medium for The Flipped Classroom’ by following the guest link to the Blackboard Collaborate session. No Login Required

Also 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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E-Learning Walkthrough

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.