Flipped Classroom

1. What is a Flipped Classroom

As technology is increasingly used across training at all levels of education, from kindergarten to university, modern classroom is changing. The traditional classroom, which focuses on the teacher, is lagging behind to give students new perspectives to learn in collaborative way. Teachers use online learning effectively and change the way of learning by flipping their classes.

The main reason, perhaps the only reason for the flipping of the classroom is to give more time for learning, and this is the main shift that we see because flip is gaining popularity over content areas. In addition, a good flipped classroom should be like any other where effective learning happens. The flipped classroom is not the ultimate solution as it is allows productive class time and various forms of instruction.

Many of flipped class discussions step back from the traditional form of lecture. While some lessons are better as traditional lecture forms, others will be more suitable as flipped a flipped form. The best pedagogical strategy depends on learning culture at the educational institution and classroom environment. The decision to reverse classes means provision of constructive learning environment for students. Effective flipped classes have many of following features:

  • Discussions are led by learners who present and expand external content.
  • These discussions usually reach a higher degree of critical thinking.
  • Collaboration is fluent, when students go through a variety of simultaneous discussions, depending on their needs and interests.
  • Content and context are the same importance because it relates to real-world scenarios.
  • Students are challenging each other on content issues.
  • Student-led learning and collaborative learning forms spontaneously.
  • Students acquire ownership of the material and use their knowledge to lead each other without the teacher's encouragement.
  • Students ask questions, explore them and have the freedom to overcome the core curriculum.
  • Students are actively involved in critical thinking and problem solving. 
  • Students from passive recipient change to active learners.
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