Flipped Classroom

Spend Time in Class Efficiently and Support Active Learning

Flipped classroom is a term for a certain instructional strategy. The central idea of Flipped Classroom is to reverse the traditional educational arrangement by delivering instructional content outside of the classroom, often as online material. It moves the more active activities - including those that traditionally have been considered homework and group work - into the classroom. In a flipped classroom setting, students watch online lectures, collaborate in online discussions, or carry out research at home. In class, students engage in project work, in discussions, or in problem solving with the guidance of the teacher.

How to Implement the Flipped Classroom

To implement a Flipped Classroom approach, you firstly need to consider which parts of your curriculum can be prepared for students to use as preparation for class, e.g. in the form of online lectures. One thing to consider is which learning objectives can be reached by the students engaging with your online material and which learning objectives they need to work towards in class under your guidance and moderation. Another important aspect is how "durable" the content that you put on video is. Preferably, you want to record parts of your teaching that will not change too often.

Secondly, you need to plan the time you have with the students in the classroom. How will they interact with you and with each other? Can they use the online material as a reference while they work? How will you deal with students who are not prepared for class? These are some of the questions, you could consider.

Finally, you design and create the online material for the students. You can use some of the technologies mentioned below.

Supporting a Flipped Classroom Strategy with Learning Technology

  • Walk-in studio – for making videos on your own to Flipped Classroom
  • Video consultants – to hire a LearningLab consultant to take care of the technical part (filming and editing) for videos to Flipped Classroom
  • Screencasts - to create tutorials or slideshows (short lectures) with speak
  • CampusNet or other Learning Management Systems – creating and presenting your online material (e.g. videos and quizzes)

Reading & References

Flipped Classroom

Flipped Classroom Guidelines

These guidelines were made by the University of Texas at Austin. Read more on what the steps include in the web article “How to Flip a Class”


Step 1 - Identify where the flipped classroom model makes the most sense for your course - Which content of your course could students work through on their own before they come to class?


Step 2 - Spend class time engaging students in application activities (e.g. discussions, group work, exercises) with feedback


Step 3 - Clarify connections between inside and outsite of class learning


Step 4 - Adapt your materials for the students to acquire course content in the preparation of class 


Step 5 - Extend learning beyond class through individual and collaborative practice

19 JANUARY 2019