“Less ‘sit and listen’ equals more ‘do and learn’ — and the flipped model is making class time more enjoyable, productive and engaging for students and teachers.”
— The Flipped Institute
Flipped Learning is an academic methodology wherein direct guidance moves from the gathering learning space to the individual learning space, and therefore the subsequent gathering pace is modified into a dynamic, intelligent learning condition where the teacher guides understudies as they apply ideas and connect imaginatively within the topic.”
In simpler terms flipped learning is a process of teaching students through a virtual classroom of prerecorded lessons and engaging them through various interactive sessions in between to create an environment of education through technology.
The four pillars of flipped learning are:
1. Flexible learning
- It provides students with an environment where they can learn and reflect according to their own needs and comfort.
- Shows flexibility towards students and allows them to practice and complete their work at their own pace.
- Observes and monitors students while providing them with content and showing them different ways to master it.
2. Learning culture
- It allows a student-centric learning approach rather than making a teacher, the primary and only source of information.
- Makes every activity available to students through feedback and variation.
3. Intentional content
- Creating relevant and accessible content for every student.
- Creating a student-centric approach where active learning and intellectual discussions are maximized.
4. Professional Educator
- Have an important role in flipped learning classrooms than a traditional one.
- Makes sure that constant expert feedback and real-time availability is being provided to students
- Constantly observes and assesses the students, providing them with constructive criticism.
- Connects with other trainers, while reflecting upon themselves and accepting constructive feedback to improve, all while controlling the chaos happening inside the classrooms.
Benefits of flipped learning:
- As students can access it anytime anywhere it has become easy for them, it has given them freedom on where, when, and how to study.
- As students are already familiar with the teachings in the class beforehand, they will be able to create a stronger and clearer understanding of the topic and the subject.
- It allows teachers and students to have more one-to-one time. Through technology, they can give expert guidance and feedback to the students. It creates a space where a child who is needing extra help is being provided with it. Professional educators monitor the students and assess them in their work while providing relevant feedback.
- Students get to learn things at their own pace. As there are no classmates around them with a teacher going ever so fast or slow, they will be able to watch the videos how much they want and move forward at their speed.
- In the traditional way of learning, a teacher is the only source of information and hence the centre. But flipped learning Is based on a more learner-centred approach and hence ample time is provided to students for exploring, understanding, and evaluating the topics.
- Fear of missing classes and lagging will not be a problem anymore, because the student can access the content anytime they feel like and are comfortable with. Being absent in classes due to sickness will not detract them from learning.
- It is also pocket friendly because in flipped learning all you need is a device such as a computer or a mobile phone along with an internet connection and you can easily approach the material available. So the schools do not require to invest much in traditional classrooms and save up as students will use their own devices.
What is a flipped classroom?
Flipped classrooms, also called, inverted classrooms are a form of a class, where students study the concepts and topics that would be taught to them beforehand. For example, if we are going to read about World War II, then the students will study it before the class with pre-recorded lectures and notes. The actual time in the class will be used for in-depth discussions, critical thinking and analysis, and interactive question-answer rounds.
“As indicated by ongoing investigations, 1 out of 5 educators are thinking about flipping their homerooms, with 1 out of 4 school chairmen is keen on executing this pattern. What’s more, as indicated by The Journal, the quantity of dynamic individuals on the Flipped Learning Network’s Ning site has developed from only 2,500 to more than 15,000 since January 2012.”
What is the difference between flipped learning and flipped classroom?
These two terms might be similar but they are not interchangeable. Flipping a classroom might not necessarily lead to flipped learning. In a flipped classroom, not every subject needs to be taught in the same way through video learning and interactive sessions. In Flip learning, it is often described as “school work at home and homework at school”. It is a form of approach that teachers can implement in their classrooms. But the very core of flip learning is the four pillars that need to be implemented to have a proper flip learning incorporated classroom.
Flipped learning redefines education and reframes the relationship between teachers and students in a classroom. Teachers are adapting to it more and more and those who can successfully incorporate it are building up and rising towards a more beneficial and modern interactive as well as a productive form of learning.