What is the Flipped Classroom?


The flipped classroom refers to a model of learning that rearranges how time is spent both in and out of class to shift the ownership of learning from the educators to the students. After class, students manage the content they use, the pace and style of learning, and the ways in which they demonstrate their knowledge, and the teacher becomes the guide, adapting instructional approaches to suit their learning needs and supporting their personal learning journeys. Rather than the teacher using class time to lecture to students and dispense information, that work is done by each student after class, and could take the form of watching video lectures, listening to podcasts, perusing enhanced e-book content, collaborating with their peers in online communities, and more. Students can access this wide variety of resources any time they need them. In the flipped classroom model, valuable class time is devoted to more active, project-based learning where students work together to solve local or global challenges — or other real-world applications — to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Teachers can also devote more time interacting with each individual. The goal is for students to learn more authentically by doing, with the teacher guiding the way; the lecture is no longer the expected driver of concept mastery. The flipped classroom model is part of a larger pedagogical movement that overlaps with blended learning, inquiry-based learning, and other instructional approaches and tools that are meant to be flexible, active, and more engaging for students. It has the potential to better enable educators to design unique and quality learning opportunities, curriculum, and assessments that are more personal and relevant to students’ lives.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to academic and research libraries?

  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Apr 1, 2015 Any content you want to teach may be put across in this way. The benefit is that the member may access this information when and where they want - especially if it is open to many devices. It may also be the stuff you used to be forced to repeat ad naseum - good to throw that stuff off into this arena.
  • - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Apr 7, 2015The Flipped Classroom model is already allowing library teaching-training-learning opportunities to be designed in ways that maximize levels of engagement during live learning sessions by having learners use online resources (e.g., videos) as preparation for collaborative learning when learners and learning facilitators are together.
  • Academic libraries are impacted by this technology in two broad ways. First, libraries need to adapt their service models for both students and faculty to support flipped classrooms. This may mean ensuring that licensing agreements for resources support this kind of use. It may also mean providing services to faculty to help adapt and develop content for the flipped classroom. Second, libraries need to embrace the model in their own training and outreach programs. - mcalter mcalter Apr 12, 2015 couldn't have said it better - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Apr 16, 2015 Yes, this sums up the impact for academic libraries nicely. In general, we might expect deeper engagement with both curriculum development and learning than what we have seen in the past.- lavoie lavoie Apr 17, 2015
  • Flipped can mean problem based learning/resource based learning - great opportunity for library curation of content, OER - packaged delivery - DaveP DaveP Apr 14, 2015 absolutely - ahaar ahaar Apr 25, 2015
  • - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Apr 16, 2015 Helping faculty find, analyze and use content that facilitates the flipped classroom model. Expand the idea of collection to OERs, social media content, and content with interactive platforms like TED-Ed. - JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Apr 20, 2015 - ahaar ahaar Apr 25, 2015
  • academic libraries could provide technical and space support for this new education pattern, but it will take time to change (- liusq liusq Apr 20, 2015) - JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Apr 20, 2015

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Apr 7, 2015Much of what is currently being said about the Flipped Learning experience focuses on online pre-work followed by onsite collaborative efforts where learners apply what they have already learned; there's plenty of room here for expansion of the model to include online pre-work followed by online synchronous collaborations. - ahaar ahaar Apr 25, 2015
  • Impact on library space? More spaces to support engagement with content but also playback, reflection, classes in the library amongst the resources- DaveP DaveP Apr 14, 2015 - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Apr 16, 2015 - JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Apr 20, 2015 - janice.welburn janice.welburn Apr 20, 2015 - ahaar ahaar Apr 25, 2015 - jdupuis jdupuis Apr 26, 2015

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on academic and research libraries?

  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Apr 1, 2015 It saves time (after the initial investment in setting it up) and gives the member access to significant information when and where they want - putting more power in the member's hands in out hyper-connected world!
  • - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Apr 7, 2015It allows more effective use of the time learners have together for experiential learning onsite as well as online.
  • - mstephens7 mstephens7 Apr 11, 2015~ Offering space for collaboration on flexible, active and engaging projects should be a strong consideration of libraries - learning spaces become a prominent feature of the building along with access to tech and the collection. Yes - DaveP DaveP Apr 14, 2015
  • if used in information literacy classes, could promote more student engagement - JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Apr 20, 2015 - ahaar ahaar Apr 25, 2015 - jdupuis jdupuis Apr 26, 2015
  • - jdupuis jdupuis Apr 26, 2015 In terms of electronic resource budgets, it will definitely push us to acquire video-based content for the programs that are really embracing the flipped classroom. Any content that students can use to learn at home, that can replace traditional lectures, will be increasingly needed. We'll probably be looking at video courses such as those provided by the IEEE>

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?