Flipping the Classroom – Simply Speaking

Flipped Classroom

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You teach a course where you normally lecture to students during class time. They work on homework and group assignments during their own time. What if there were a way to do the lectures outside of class time so you could use class time to have students work on activities together? Welcome to Flipping the Classroom Simply Speaking.

Video to be embedded url https://youtu.be/26pxh_qMppE

Brain Young, Penn State University describes “Flipping the classroom” as a pedagogical concept that replaces the standard lecture-in-class format with an opportunity to explore concepts and to review materials from outside of class. This can happen in many forms, but the underlying premise is that students review information outside of class and, instead of simply receiving information from the instructor, come prepared to discuss concepts.


The white paper titled ‘Seven things you need to know about flipping the classroom’ includes some strategies for flipping your classroom. These include:

  • Assigning readings and following up with in-class discussion, quizzing, or breakout  groups. The key is to assess students on the material and make the assessment count for  part of their overall grade (clickers are an excellent tool for this).
  • For an online or hybrid class, provide videos and readings for students to review and have  graded forum discussions facilitated by instructors. Extend this idea by having students  write a blog post explaining their view on a reading and have them vote on best posts by  other students in class. Then, instead of talking about just the reading, the top two or  three posts are also discussed. The class is still talking about the material, but students are more invested in the discussion.
  • Outside of class, assign an additional project like a blog, an online module, or a video to teach technical aspects of an application the students need to use. Then in class, discuss the creative, grading, and storytelling aspects of the project.
  • Capture your lecture from classes and provide the recordings for student review after class. Build on this by recording a video answering questions or providing more  information to the class from questions asked by students inside and outside of class.
  • Assign reading material outside of class and in class, have students actually teach sections (or have them create a video) to explain or teach a key point in the material.

Further resources

Educause: 7 Things you should know about flipped classrooms

Flipped Learning Network

Simon J. Lancaster: (2013) The Flipped Lecture. New Directions 9(1), 28-32

About Sue Beckingham

Senior Lecturer in Computing and Educational Developer (TEL)
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