As we progress rapidly into the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, questions continue to be raised about how education addresses the ever increasing demands for change, integrating emerging technologies, and maximising the possibilities for every student.
Teachers are searching for ways to focus on engaging students in authentic, complex and powerful problem solving experiences for learning, unpacking content and demonstrating understanding and knowledge. The day is a finite resource, and class times are small segments of that day, so there are limitations on how much more can be accomplished in that specified time.
Flipped Learning shifts the classroom from passive to active learning, focusing on higher order thinking skills such as evaluating, analysing, and creating to engage students in learning. The approach relies on understanding the difference between information and knowledge acquisition, providing students with active learning possibilities.
Students are given opportunities to take greater responsibility for their own learning. Class time focuses more on exploration, finding meaning and application of knowledge. Teaching is focused more on providing significant learning opportunities, providing feedback through a variety of pedagogical strategies and ensuring understanding.
Flipped learning enables
Student access to tools and technologies
Student engagement in rigorous content
Student immersion in diverse learning
Student collaboration with peers
Support for the learning process
Student access to immediate expert feedback
Flipped learning in the classroom:
Encourages student understanding
Ensures access to expert support
Enables student engagement
Creates a supportive learning environment
Provides opportunities for collaboration
Flipped learning with homework
Encourages student accountability
Encourages purposeful homework
Provides a reason for learning content
Engages and prepares students for learning