What is flipping?
Flipping the classroom (also known as “inverting” a classroom) is a “pedagogy-first” approach to teaching in which course materials are introduced outside of class, and in-class time is re-purposed for inquiry, application, and assessment in order to better meet the needs of individual learners. Course materials might include readings, pre-recorded video lectures (using technology such as Panopto), or research assignments. In-class activities might involve helping students work through course material individually and in groups, among other active learning strategies for students to gain practice applying knowledge gained prior to class.
There are numerous ways to flip your class. Below are resources on how to get started and strategies and examples to help you determine what kind of flip is best for your courses.
Starting your flip
The main goal in flipping a class is to cultivate more deeply engaged learning experiences for students when the instructor is present to coach and guide them. Emphasis is on higher-order thinking skills and application to complex problems.
Common activities include:
- The Inverted Classroom, Robert Talbert, Education Reform, May 2012
- How to Flip a Class, Faculty Innovation Center, UT Austin
- 5 Things I wish I knew about the flipped classroom, John Sowash, April 2012 (4:27 minute video)
- Looking for “Flippable” Moments in Your Class, Barbi Honeycutt, Faculty Focus, March 2013
- Things you should know about Flipped Classrooms, Educause, Feb 2012
- 6 Expert Tips for Flipping the Classroom Campus Technology, Jan 2013
- Turn to Your Neighbor is a blog by Julie Schell on peer instruction in teaching. It includes multiple articles on flipping the classroom with peer instruction. See especially: Quick Start Guide to Flipping Your Classroom with Peer Instruction
- Team-based Learning Collaborative offers advice on how to structure groups and tasks, and scale it up to large classroom.
- This New Tool Makes the Flipped Classroom More Social is an article by Dennis Pierce that discusses Perusall, a social learning platform to enhance the flipped classroom.
- How and Why I Flipped My Classroom, Michelle Pacansky-Brock (2009), a PowerPoint presentation of a flipped art history course in a community college.
- Leaving lectures behind, Jimmy Ryals (September 2011), on a flipped Physics classroom using the SCALE-UP model at North Carolina State University.
- Flip your classroom: Reach every student in every class every day [book], Bergmann, J., & Sams, A., 2012, International Society for Technology in Education
- Flipping the Classroom requires more than video, Makice, K., April 13, 2012 April 13, Wired Magazine.