If you’ve been drawn into the enthusiasm surrounding flipped learning, you might be considering how to implement this interactive approach to education in your own institute. Here are the first things to consider

  • Have a clear educational vision for what you would like to achieve
    Consider how to use your class contact time? Seminars, problem solving workshops, debates etc.? You will need to design learning activities to best prepare the students for these sessions.  You can be inventive, depending on the subject matter, so consider a variety of approaches to engage students.
  • Look beyond content when designing your “flip”
    Provide opportunities for your students to engage with the content you provide in order to develop outputs, key skills, insights and opinions that you can then develop and refine in class.
  • Start simple
    You don’t have to flip the whole course; you can start with one lesson or unit where you feel you can make a big difference by reallocating how you spend time with your class. This will give you (and your students) confidence to develop and use this approach more.
  • Make use of the right tools
    Use a range of tools and technologies to manage and support your students independent learning. For instance:

    • Structure and support students by organising content, creating learning pathways, using conditional release criteria and announcements
    • Use quizzes to allow the students to test (and correct) their knowledge of key concepts
    • Get them to create outputs that can be shared in class (model answers, reading journals, short presentations etc.)
    • Encourage students to collectively prepare for the face to face session using blogs and wikis or a virtual classroom

For a useful checklist and overview of flipped learning visit Flipped Learning  to access a free resource guide or listen to examples of flipped learning in action from UK’s Edge Hill University

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