Applying the flipped model
In today’s post, we look at some examples of flipped classroom, and we invite you to apply it to your own teaching practice. There will be a little bit less material provided by us, as we’d like you to take the time today to think about how your own flipped model might work.
Investigate flipped examples in your discipline
How flipped classroom works in different disciplines can vary quite a bit. Select an example below from your discipline area, or search for your own examples. (Some of the recommended videos below are a bit long; feel free to watch as much or as little as you like.)
What do you think of their approach? Compare how they have tackled this to how you might do it. Think also about the pros and cons of the way they have approached the class.
Tell us your flipped strategy
Share with us how you might apply the flipped classroom in your own teaching practice. You might want to include the following things in your response:
- What part or parts of your course would you flip?
- What form of pre-work would you create? (e.g. Narrated presentation, screen recordings, lecture capture?)
- What software might you use to do it? (e.g. Camtasia, Echo360?)
- What types of activities would you use in your active learning classroom? (e.g. Group discussions, Problem-based learning, collaborative presentations, buzz groups?)
- What type of reflective or discussion activities would work for this class?
What challenges might you face?
UNSW has a list of issues that often arise when flipping a classroom for the first time. Do you think any of these would apply to your model?
Challenges that can arise when using flipped classrooms include:
- Students may not be prepared.
- Time, expertise and effort are needed to create/source videos.
- A flipped classroom requires careful preparation, and the right mix of out-of-class and in-class elements.
- It is not appropriate for some types of content.
- Students may not immediately understand the value of this model.
- Equipment and access for students to view video lectures may be an issue.
- There may be problems with the availability of class spaces that support active and collaborative work.
- The flipped classroom entails a change in role of students and staff. Students need to own their learning and teachers need to become facilitators.
Share your strategy in a comment on this post, or test out some of the new software by creating a video or other way of presenting your strategy. It doesn’t have to be a final version – just your initial ideas. Please give and receive some feedback on your ideas from the other participants in the course.