The Idea of Flipped Classroom

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Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom so what is it and why everyone is talking about it? Will this idea of flipped classroom turn traditional education on its head?

It has been scientifically proved that the traditional one- size- fits- all model of education often results in limited concept engagement and severe consequences like a high rate of school and college drop-outs.

In the traditional Learning Classroom, the teacher’s role is like a sage on the stage where he/she has to complete a lecture /theory today and assign some homework to the learners whereas in Flipped Learning method the teacher’s role of a Guide or a mentor and are involved with the learners in a classroom activity and instruct the learners to watch the lecture online after the activity.

The flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching methods, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving “homework” into the classroom. So what does actually it mean to flip?

  • What is typically presented in a class (i.e. lectures, content, background knowledge, or real life experiences) by a live teacher/facilitator/instructor, students receive at home via a pod-cast, YouTube video, and/or other online resources.
  • The 3 most important keys to this learning style are Homework/Assignment, Lesson Quality, and Production Quality.
  • What is typically given as homework is done in class with the assistance of the teacher.

To analyse the flipped learning ecosystem better, we must understand that flipped classroom is not Just about online videos, or About replacing teachers with videos or An online class or Students working without structure or Students working in isolation or Students spending the entire class online.

Flipped Classroom or Learning is more about a means to increase teachers contact time, an environment that increases students responsibility. It is about blending of direct instruction and constructivist learning. It is more about a class where all students are engaged, a class where absent students won’t fall behind, a class where all students are engaged in their learning.

Some of the advantages of the learning methodology are “Using technology to give students control of their interactions has a positive effect”, “excellent video lectures are freely/easily available for learners” and “time for hands-on learning and creative projects”. On the other hand, there are pitfalls like technology, broadcasting, bandwidth and control points for the faculty.

About the Author

Manish Pandey, Functional Consultant, for Higher Education and Skill Segment has 6 years of experience across product management, delivery support and pre-sales and solutions .

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One thought on “The Idea of Flipped Classroom

  1. Ashish Mani

    I agree with the author that traditional one- size- fits- all model of education has its limitations.
    But when solutions which make students more responsible are proposed, it raises questions like: Do we have a technology that can increase the number of hours in a day from 24 hrs / make learning difficult concepts consume much less time. Has anyone done a walk through of how students in different category (below average, average and above average) would adapt and adjust to Flipped Classes?

    In my opinion, today’s student have lot of resources, but does not have sufficient time to develop their skills because we have loaded them with too much information and activities, which is eventually making them loose interest.

    If we truly want our students to be interested then we must start rewarding them for their efforts in continuous mode as many Institutions have implemented continuous evaluation mode.

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