The Flip Classroom

A couple of years ago, a seasoned educator friend explained the Flip classroom concept to me.

Traditionally, a teacher would stand in front of a class and deliver a topic or subject to the class. At the end of it, the teacher would give some homework to the students. When the students are home, they will try to do the homework, trying very hard to recall what was taught in class, and to apply it to the homework. What mostly happens is that the student will try to get help from an elder sibling, or parents. And very often this will eventually lead to private tutoring.

In the Flip classroom, when the students are home, they watch videos on the topic or subject which the teacher is supposed to deliver in class. This could be a video done by the teacher, or any relevant video on the topic from anywhere. This can be augmented by other online tools like animation, quizzes, etc.

When the students come to class, they do their homework i.e. try to apply the knowledge. And the teacher there is there to help and guide them.

How cool is that?

6 thoughts on “The Flip Classroom”

  1. I believe the flip classroom idea is brilliant. Change in the environment used to teach students haven’t changed much.
    Usually hard working perants and adults should go to work prepared with what they should be doing on that day… A student might learn beter by examining the problem/exercise alone at first, perhaps later on if more help is needed the teacher can assist in a class room.

  2. The idea of Flip Classroom is simply brilliant. The students will listen to the explanation of a particular topic without any interruption. This will enable them to understand at least at least an overview of the subjects. Meanwhile, by having online tools such as animation, quizzes and etc will enhance the understanding of the students for the topic. This idea will enabled the teachers to identify students who have difficulty in understanding and immediately assist them. As a result, no students will be left behind. Thus, the idea of Flip classroom should be implemented in this modern era in line with the advancement of the technology.

  3. The FLIP classroom concept is innovative and progressive. It’s a new learning model that meets the demands of the information age while still incorporating educational processes that enable learning. It perfectly fits into any STEM centered curriculum, and could lead to greater exploits in the educational, literacy and elearning sectors. On a foundational level, the idea that it also leads to well defined assessments and private tutoring solutions that provides a methodology to understanding the various learning processes and aptitudes of students is impressive as well. The concept brings to mind that technological innovation in education has so many bonuses and we’re on the path to groundbreaking strategies that takes learning to a whole new level. On the flip side, care should be taken to preserve the social aspect of learning. As technology grows and has been documented to breed growing levels of introversion and independent learning, this may not be an advisable strategy to fully introduce to the young learner. The social aspect of learning has its advantages, and shouldn’t be tossed to the consequences of innovation. Also, its equally imperative to consider the effects of the the digital divide. These are some of the cons that should be highly considered and studied as the flipped classroom concept is further developed. While the concept is innovative and impressive, in all new concepts, there must be planned future development strategies and considerations taken into account. In other words, the pros and cons must be weighed and taken into factor as you grade the success and feasibility of this concept. As an educator and researcher, my educated guess would to segment and control the ages and educational levels of the end users.

    1. Thank you Laurat, for your very balanced view on this topic. The idea of a flipped classroom does not do away with the physical classroom. The idea is that the physical classroom time should be dedicated to application of the learning. So in fact, this enhances the social aspect of learning.

  4. The Flip Classroom
    Foreign students whose medium of instruction is not English in their home country now can ‘learn beyond the classroom’. The Flip Classroom approach is one adopted by a few private institutions in Singapore offering degree programs to overseas foreign students as post-class support. These students can now access teaching videos on the student portal online. They can Pause, Replay or Repeat a video on a topic they were taught in a tutorial class. This is a boon to these foreign students whose first language is not English and whose subject teacher may not be a native speaker of English. It eliminates the need for private tutoring if the video lesson has a quiz at the end to test comprehension. This e-learning lesson also enables the students studying in a host country to take ownership of their own learning journey. They come to classes more prepared and the online tools may have whetted their appetite to learn more about a particular topic.

    For the teacher designing a lesson plan for the online space, it means he or she can pay special attention to slower learners in the Student’s Forum where they can be coached through a Q & A section and given the necessary handholding. Peer mentoring can also take place where stronger students are appointed as ‘administrators’ to answer the questions posed by weaker students on any given subject. The Flip Classroom model can be extended to social media platforms such as Facebook and not just restricted to the school’s student portal. Teachers can form a Private Facebook Group, invite their students to join as Members, and post relevant links from YouTube videos as teaching resources, for instance. As a former Head of School for Business English, I have seen this happen for a particular cohort of students and this approach has proved to be very beneficial. It resulted in the English lecturer being voted for the “Lecturer of the Year” award!

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