Getting Started with Flipped Learning

Why consider a flipped approach for a course?

  1. It’s an excellent way to emphasize active learning, a research-based approach to teaching.
  2. It can help us approach teaching more flexibly. For instance, a plan for what students might do besides listening to lectures could also help in a move online.
  3. While videos aren’t the heart of the flipped approach, already having such items would be useful in a move online.

Start with one lesson in one course

The first time through, think small

Find some buddies

This could be a team from your discipline doing similar work or just someone whose judgment you trust. Decide on how you’ll share files, too.

Get oriented to the flipped approach

The heart of the matter is spending time with students as they do the more cognitively demanding tasks like solving problems, analyzing texts, or applying theories. Making this happen also involves students’ independent preparation.

Generate and organize your learning outcomes

Talbert’s advice here is amazingly useful, so don’t let the term “objective” turn you away

Plan what will happen during the group space

Especially if you lecture a lot, decide what students could do instead during the precious face-to-face time. First plan how you’ll help students address more cognitively complex objectives and then think back to the way students will prepare

  • Talbert, Chapter 5 pp. 117 –124 and Chapter 6, pp. 125-134 (Don’t miss the “Quadrant of Underpreparation” on p. 132.)
  • “Active Learning” (a meaty article with underlying research, lots of strategies, and a good bibliography)

Decide what students should learn independently

Create ways to share content and add activities that guide students in engaging effectively with it. Students can use all these options asynchronously

How will you know learning happened?

There’s room for traditional graded activities and informal, ungraded assessments. Consider:

Check for accessibility

UIW has lots of new tools, many from Microsoft, for making material accessible to learners with diverse needs.