October 1st, 2014 E-Learning

Flipped classrooms are becoming more popular given the use of various edtech tools today.

To put it simply, a flipped classroom relies upon students to watch or read course content outside of class hours, and during class they are immersed in activities that applies the content.

While the flipped classroom concept sounds intriguing, you may be confused on how to get started. Consider the six steps below as a general road-map for implementing a flipped learning model for your coursework.

6 Easy Steps for Flipping a Classroom


Step 1: PLAN

Nothing good ever comes if you don’t have a plan in place. Determine which lessons in particular you want to flip. Once decided, outline the key learning outcomes you want the students to take away when the lesson is complete. Having these objectives in place will guide the lesson plan.

Step 2: RECORD

Once you have the learning objectives outlined, you can create the content. After the content is created you should figure out how you want to deliver it. Recording a screencast is often the easiest way to get started. Make sure you include everything that you normally would in a regular class lecture.

Step 3: SHARE

With the lesson content available for viewing, it’s time to share it with the students. If you have a learning management system, this is quite easy. All you need to do is upload the video and then add your students to the course. You can then monitor the activity to make sure everyone is logging in to view the material.


You won’t be able to monitor all student activity in real time from the learning management system you choose, so you should set-up a mechanism that confirms the student has viewed the content. A simple end-of-lecture quiz (the points of which will be added to the activity), is a good place to start. This will also make it possible for you to deliver on the next step more effectively.


Most activities will require that you group your learners. Using the outcomes from the quiz, you can now group students who have a stronger grasp on the concepts with those who may need some additional coaching. As the learners go through the activity, make yourself available to provide guidance and to ensure everyone is progressing.


At the end of the activity, bring all groups back together so that you can debrief the key objectives you outlined in Step 1. Ask questions to the learners and foster a discussion rather than a lecture.


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Like the idea of an end of lecture quiz to monitor viewing, but recording a whole class lecture – 10 minute max bite size rendition would be better received by the students!

Avatar Peter Tunnicliffe

Good idea Peter, you can split up the lecture to various 10min lessons.

Flipped classrooms have been successful in schools, colleges as well as for corporate trainings. Your tips on successfully flipping the classroom are very useful.

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