Flipped Learning – Best Practices

Flipped Best PracticesAs the prevalence of flipped learning continues to grow and various new approaches emerge, it’s important to remember that proper planning and experimentation are critical to the successful implementation of a flipped learning model. To maximize the effectiveness of flipped learning, your customers should take into account the following practices:

Set clear, up-front expectations

It’s essential for teachers to communicate expectations with students, and even parents, to help ensure that they are prepared to explore content and know what to expect. This could be a new experience for students so it can take a while for them to adjust to the flipped learning model. When educators set clear expectations, are enthusiastic, and outline the benefits of flipped learning, it can be much easier for students to transition.

Set a specific target for the flip

Prior to flipping, teachers should aim to identify the problem they’re trying to solve with a flipped classroom (e.g. student engagement). That way they can identify specific units or technology they should incorporate into their flipped classroom to directly address the issue(s).

Start small

Implementing a flipped classroom model requires patience, and won’t happen overnight. It’s helpful for educators new to flipped learning to start small – maybe only flipping a lesson for one concept that students are struggling with. This then gives teachers time to acquire feedback and examine the results, allowing them to slowly evolve their classroom in a way that maximizes student achievement.

Access students’ understanding of pre-class assignments to make the best use of class time

In a flipped classroom model, it may not always be clear what should be the focus during class time, and a certain degree of flexibility is required. It can be beneficial for teachers to conduct quizzes or discussions on the pre-classroom materials in order to better understand students’ comprehension of the content. This way, teachers can adjust classroom activities to target areas that students struggled with.

Step aside and allow students to learn from each other

Forming small student groups that can serve as ongoing work groups for in-class activities can help facilitate learning and prepare students for real-world work, where group problem-solving and project-based learning are routine. Additionally, this will allow the teacher to bounce around from group to group and provide support where necessary.

By helping your customers implement and design a flipped learning strategy that incorporates these best practices, you’ll be able to easily identify what technologies in your portfolio best compliment their desired classroom model, allowing you to become a valued contributor to their ever-evolving classroom.

Sources: Flipped Classroom Workshop, Campus Technology, Education World, eCampus News

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