Introduction To Flipping the Classroom

Introduction To Flipping the Classroom

Victor Concepcion

Flipping the classroom can be simplistically described as classwork at home, and homework in class. The flipped classroom “flips” classes that are traditionally taught with a lecture first, followed by students studying the material. The flipped classroom uses in-class time with students to explore and expand on the course content they were exposed to before class, instead relying on lectures for learning.

In the flipped classroom students’ first exposure to the basic course content takes place before class. Student preparation before class counts towards the course grade and helps the instructor assess student understanding in class. This mini-course aims to demonstrate how this is done, which tools are used, and instruct in implementing the Flipped Classroom into your curriculum.


The goal of of this course is to make available the Flipped Classroom as an additional classroom management tool for teachers. As teachers, we all have Utlity-Belts full of tools that help us better instruct our students. The flipped classroom is a very powerful instructional tool. Like most good tools, it is most effective when used under the right circumstances. For example, a scalpel is a great tool for dissecting, but not so great for felling a tree. Likewise, when used in proper context, the Flipped Classroom can be of great help in creating more time for personal instruction in our Classrooms. It is the goal of this course that each participant be able to employ "flipping" as a way to enhance their Instructional Design, or better cope with time constraints.

In this mini-course, the participant will:

  • Understand what it means to Flip the Classroom Learner will read about what flipping is, the theories associated with Flipping, and the problems that Flipping tries to address. Learner will watch several videos explaining Flipping.
  • Learn about the tools available for flippingThe learner will be introduced to many of the tools currently used for flipping. This Unit will focus on simply introducing the tools, explaining what they are and what they do. There will be links to product websites, Youtube videos, and plain text explaining what these tools do, and the results they can yield.
  • Master the tools for Flipping. Learner will follow short tutorials that will teach the learner how to use these tools. Learner will then be asked to use these Flipping tools in order to create their very own Flipped lesson
  • Be able to synthesize different digital/non-digital media to create Flipped lessonsThe learner will be asked to create a Flipped lesson by synthesize two or more flipping tools. A good example would be recording a podcast, and placing that podcast on podcast server. In this example, we are using two tools in one: Audio Recording and Internet Sharing.
  • Be equipped to effectively use Flipping in their own classrooms Learners will now equip themselves with the ability to Flip their own classrooms. They will be asked to take one of their pre-existing unit plans, and submit ways in which they can Flip it. Can the entire unit plan be flipped? Perhaps just one lesson? In this way, the learner can apply what they've learned.

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UNIT 1: What does it mean to Flip the classroom?

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UNIT 2: What tools are available for Flipping?

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UNIT 3: Praticing the Flip!

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UNIT 4: Create your own Flipped Lesson Plan