What is a flipped classroom?
Lesson created by Lorena Barba using
Video from BokCenter YouTube Channel
What does a traditional classroom look like? Students sit down and listen, while the professor lectures. Occasionally, there is a question, a bit of discussion, and a "problem set" is assigned as homework. And a flipped classroom? Students come prepared after reading or watching a video (the new "home work"), and the class is inquiry-based and interactive, allowing for assimilation of knowledge.
Some are equating the flipped classroom with online video. This is a mistake. See, for example, the post "The Flipped Class: Myth vs. Reality" — the flipped class is NOT a synonym for online videos and it is not about replacing teachers with video. In fact, the key of a successful flipped class is the face-to-face interactions in class.
As seen in this video about Prof. Eric Mazur's peer instruction methods, he can implement a flipped classroom without any mention of online video.
It is true, however, that one of the recent drivers for the flipped classroom is the prevalence of online video, and more student access to technology. The media has placed huge attention on Khan Academy, and this has confused some to believe Khan is synonym with flipped. No!
The activities designed for in-class work are the key, engaging all the senses, allowing students to form ideas on their own and to clear misconceptions.
For a lot more related links, see my Flipped Classroom Pinterest board.
"You can forget facts, but you cannot forget understanding" —Eric Mazur.