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Flipped Classroom Resources

a lightbulb with gears and booksWhat is it?

Flipping the classroom is a common strategy to provide students with content prior to a class session, whether held virtually or face to face, in order to allow for more learning activities and student engagement during the classes. More information can be found in the Atlas ABE article, Re-Imagining Instruction Part 2: Flipping the Classroom.

What are the benefits?

  • Allows instructors to utilize class sessions for learning activities and application of instructor explanation.

  • Allows learners the opportunity to review instructor explanations during their own time and at their own pace.

  • Allows the instructor to differentiate their explanations according to proficiency level, learning styles, technology access, etc.

  • Provides more time during class sessions for student collaboration and interaction.

  • Provides more opportunities for student engagement and community building during class sessions which will assist with learner persistence.

What are the drawbacks?

  • Because the learning activities during the class sessions are connected to the instructor explanations, if learners do not complete the asynchronous work, it can be difficult to engage learners during the synchronous session.

  • Instructors may run into a situation where some learners complete the asynchronous work while others do not which means learners will not be on the same page when completing the interactive learning activities.

  • Learners may need modeling and time to develop the time management and independent learning skills needed to effectively participate in the flipped classroom.

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