In a flipped classroom, lecture and self-study are flipped around. Students prepare thoroughly for face-to-face sessions using online course material like videos, quizzes and other documents. During contact hours you can focus on subjects that require attention. The goal is to optimize the time of both teacher and student and to provide a good basis for effective, deep learning.
Why flip the classroom?
These are some educational topics you can address with the flipped classroom method
- Student activation. Students come well-prepared to face-to-face sessions
- The online material can also include remedial modules so that deficiencies are dealt with or at least identified before class.
- Large groups. Interacting with large groups can be challenging. By structuring before-class activities, it can become easier to structure in-class activities.
- Small groups. Interacting with a small group during class is easier, so a flipped classroom is also well-suited for teaching a small group.
Shifting the study time to pre-class, you have the opportunity to activate your students, address misconceptions, and influence the way students practice and study the material during class.
How to flip
The flipped classroom approach requires an educational redesign of activities and assignments to be performed before and during class time. This, for example, involves making a selection of existing, openly available course material or the development of new material. You can use Canvas to structure these ‘online’ activities in modules.
These online activities can be combined with in-class activities, for example:
- tackling problem-sets in pairs and presenting solutions;
- having debates or structured discussions;
- doing case assignments;
- organising small peer to peer lectures.
How can we help you
We can help you to analyse your course and to decide whether the flipped classroom model would help you to address the issues you are facing. We can also help you with creating new material or the use of digital tools.