February 20th, 2014 E-Learning

flipped-classroom1With so much information available today on flipped classrooms, it is easy to get confused on what it actually entails. Truth is, a flipped classroom approach to learning can be rather simple or complex depending on the desired end result.

Cheat sheets are often popular as they can help you get informed quickly, which is the purpose of this article. With that said, let’s get to the quick-facts:

What is a Flipped Classroom?

A flipped classroom inverts the traditional teaching style of a classroom, instead choosing to deliver instruction online in the form of elearning and use classroom time for activities.

What Does it Do?

  • Learners watch the lectures on their own time at their own pace, interacting with peers and teachers through online methods like chat-rooms, forums, and comments.
  • Concept application then takes place in the live classroom setting with the instructor acting as the guide for the learning.

Theory Behind the Method

Technology and productive activities are the core components of a flipped classroom model. It provides learners the opportunity to learn-by-doing, applying the content that was reviewed in off hours.

The benefits here are that learners are encouraged to interact with the content both virtually and in-person. They have to think about the content differently than they would in a traditional lecture setting.

Some Misconceptions

Another major benefit is that the instructor gets to actively participate in the application of the content.

A major misconception about flipped classrooms is that they only apply in educational settings, such as in higher ed institutions. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Corporations can benefit just as much from a flipped classroom approach for employee training.

Some Results

Despite the misconception above, flipped classrooms are more common in the traditional educational classroom setting – and yielding some pretty interesting results. Here are some results from Clintondale High School near Detroit:

  • Before Flipping: 50% of freshmen failed English
  • After Flipping: 19% of freshman failed English
  • Before Flipping: 44% of freshman failed Math
  • After Flipping: 13% of freshman failed Math



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OK I get the concept, but I’m not seeing the cheat sheet?

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