Flipped Classrooms

May 27, 2018

Trending with the buzz words of modern education system, that among several other innovative initiatives, adopts technology for inward learning, is “Flipped Learning”. True to its name, flipped learning flips the praxis of traditional learning, where the first source of information comes from the classroom, and further pondering or analysis if needed, is left to be done after school, often as homework.

What Are Flipped Classrooms?

Flipped classrooms require students to view digital information – usually ranging from videos to online content provided by teachers, as first-hand information. Students receive digital content on subjects, which they are required to view outside class hours. The class then collaborates, discusses, analyses and learns more about the subject, thus changing the learning system from instruction based to collaboration based, focusing on student centered, effective learning.

Flipped classrooms ensure application and testing of knowledge, while also bringing in several new perspectives. Unlike the traditional method that takes a one way approach of knowledge dumping, in flipped classrooms, teachers get to adopt diverse teaching methods, whereas students focus on higher forms of learning, by understanding, analyzing, discussing and evaluating the subject at hand.

Resources Utilized

Flipped classrooms rely on technology and digital media as the first source of information. Here are a few resources that schools worldwide rely on:

  • Videos – instruction based and interactive
  • Online links
  • Presentations
  • Virtual whiteboards
  • Digital assessments
Why Should Schools Opt For Flipped Classrooms?

Information is better welcomed and proliferated, when learning pushes the boundaries of the mundane, and engages students with a practical, relevant approach. Here are a few benefits of flipped classrooms that pave the way for impactful learning and effective teaching.

1. Increased Participation

Flipped classrooms focus on collaboration and discussions. Students tend to stay in their comfort zones in instructor based classrooms, and the participation is often limited to listening. However, in flipped classrooms, the learning is led by students, and active participation becomes a natural corollary. Increased class participation doesn’t just increase self confidence in students, it also grooms them to communicate and express effectively, while opening up their minds and peak their interest in further learning.

2. Student Centered Learning

It’s not easy to capture the attention of wandering minds for several minutes at a stretch, especially through lecture based teachings that are infamous for putting students to sleep. Flipped classrooms encourage student centered learning, by turning them into active participants from passive listeners. Based on students’ understanding and participation in a flipped classroom, teachers are better able to gauge the abilities and areas of improvement for different students. The method focuses on students receiving knowledge, and not just teachers imparting information without measuring learning effectiveness.

3. Develops Cognitive Skills

When the ownership of learning with the right guidance from teachers, is laid on students, there aren’t just fewer learning barriers, but more avenues for skill development too. Flipped classrooms encourage students to not just receive information, but remember, evaluate, analyze, standardize and discuss them, thus developing their cognitive skills and abilities.

4. Parents Are In The Know

Since flipped classrooms require students to do the primary learning at home, parents get to witness the scope of their child’s learning, and the subjects covered. It is easier for parents to be more involved in a child’s learning, when they are an active participant in the journey. It also helps them gauge the learning ability and interest of their children, better. When parents are in the know of their students learning, teacher-parent collaboration also becomes convenient.

5. Easy Access

The widespread outreach of digital media across homes and schools alike, ensures students have easy access to required resources. The stimulating nature of flipped classrooms that encourage students to explore beyond fixed concepts, is further expedited by the effortless access students have to technology, and online resources. Flipped classrooms ensure learning is not limited to the expectations laid out to students, and that additional knowledge is just a click away.

6. Encourages Students To Prepare For Class

Since flipped classrooms require students to gather information before hand for the class, it encourages students to take additional interest in preparation for the class. Interactive classrooms that encourage student participations, inspire enthusiastic participation.

7. Relevant Information

Traditional classrooms depend on textbooks and curriculum that may or may not be relevant in current times. Flipped classrooms instigate learning with updated resources to refer to. Knowledge is more relevant and resourceful when sources of the same, are dynamic and up-to-date.

8. Making Information Captive And Interesting

Flipped classrooms add color to the otherwise dull teacher led trainings limited to textbooks, black boards and homework. Since such classrooms involve the use of visual and digital media, information can be made more interesting and captive, to hold the attention of students. It’s easier for students to understand and remember information, when it is presented in creative ways. Such information is easier to understand, recollect, and apply.

9. Real Time Feedback

Teachers don’t have to wait to evaluate test sheets and exam scores, to be able to evaluate a student’s progress and development. It’s easier for teachers to observe and analyse student performances during the class, and provide real time feedback. Students feel more cared for in school, when they notice that their actions and efforts are duly noted and discussed by the teachers.

10. Content Curation By Students

While sources and primary content are provided by teachers, flipped classrooms encourage students to curate content as per their convenience and interest. When the same information is collaborated in the class, there’s no dearth of relevant sources. Content curation by students leads to more relevant, learning abilities-appropriate information pool.

With benefits as varied as these, flipped classrooms are the ideal synthesis of blended learning. EdSense recognizes the diverse merits of flipped classrooms, and ensures facilitates flipped learning, to perpetrate the common goal shared by schools, teachers and parents – holistic learning and overall development of students.

- Jiji Tharayil