Monthly Archives: August 2014

Blended Learning and Flipped Classroom

In this post, I will be focusing on the terms Blended Learning and Flipped Classroom.

Blended learning has gained increasing popularity with the integration of technology in the teaching and learning environments. It simply refers to the combination of classroom instruction with computer technology (online/offline activities and/or materials).

Flipping a classroom is a blended learning approach in which traditional lectures are provided online while classroom time is spent on using active learning methods. More specifically, students prepare for in-class activities prior to class by watching online lecture videos and do homework in class! During the class time, students inquire about the lecture they watched before coming to the class, apply the knowledge they gained and participate in hands-on activities or collaborate on projects.

The following simple graphic (from here) illustrates the idea of flipping a classroom.

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This infographic provides a good summary of flipped classrooms.

Here is a short but very informative article about flipped classrooms. The article begins with a scenario exemplifying a flipped classroom, continuous with its definition and ends with some implications for learning and teaching.

For more detailed information on flipped classrooms, visit this page and learn more about it.

Finally, this article presents an approach to developing flipped courses.

This year, in the department, I am planning to “flip” one of my teacher education courses. I will be sharing the details soon.