Flipped Classroom?

“Flipped Learning is 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” (Network, F. L. 2014)

What is it?

The essence of this idea is to flip the presentation or passive activities to outside of class and use the in class time for actively engaging learning activities.


  • Allows students time for absorb content at their own pace (can re-watch/read content if needed)
  • Pre-prepared content knowledge allows more time for activities not lectures
  • Allows teachers to guide students, opposed to instruct
  • Differentiated presentation (different videos on the same topic)
  • Online content sources like blogs or youtube channels allows for efficiency to re-teach the same topic without needing to re-write the course material.
  • Allows for online collaboration of teacher resources

Potential Problems:

  • Relies on a school culture of students working out of class
  • Timing needs to be exact so students remember the knowledge needed for the class
  • Level of knowledge needs to be within the studetns ZPD so time in class is not spent re-explaining the content from scratch
  • Outside class activities need to be scaffolded so time in class in productive

I think that this is a logical model to maximise use of time and student engagement in the classroom but a lot of preparation would need to be done so that the model works efficiently and effectively. This relies on a class/school culture of working outside of class, which if is non-existent will require a lot of ground work from the teacher to build student self-efficacy to engage in outside class activities.

Network, F. L. (2014). The four pillars of FLIP™. Recuperado de http://www. flippedlearning. org/cms/lib07/VA01923112/Centricity/Domain/46/FLIP_handout_FNL_Web. pdf.

Further reading:
Tucker, B. (2012). The flipped classroom. Education next, 12(1).
Bishop, J. L., & Verleger, M. A. (2013, June). The flipped classroom: A survey of the research. In ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Atlanta, GA (Vol. 30, No. 9).