What Is Flipped Learning?
Before you start exploring the elements of this flipped learning tutorial, take a moment to think about your current understanding of flipped learning. In order to be cognizant of any pre-conceptions you may have, write a brief definition of your understanding of flipped learning.
Flipped learning is not...
students watching a video at home and then doing their homework in class (Flipped Learning Network, 2014).
So...what is flipped learning?
The Flipped Learning Network defines flipped learning as “a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.” (Flipped Learning Network, 2014). As Nathaniel Lasry, Michael Dugdale and Elizabeth Charles suggest in Just in Time to Flip Your Classroom, a teacher lecturing is merely a waste of the most expensive resource in the classroom. Students could easily learn lectured information from a book or video (Lasry, et al. 2013). In other words, using the flipped learning model, teachers can ensure students have the necessary knowledge on a given subject and then can further support students in developing their conceptual knowledge and in making connections and manipulating information (Lasry, et al. 2013).
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Are you ready to flip?
You may already have a similar pedagogical approach to that of flipped learning and you may already be using the elements of flipped learning in your practice without even knowing it. Using the Flipped Learning Network’s Four Pillars of FLIP (2014), take a moment to complete this self-evaluation. to determine to what extend you are incorporating elements of the flipped learning approach.