Heard about flipping the classroom, but are unsure what that entails and want to learn more? A blog post by a DePaul mathematics professor provides a great place to start.
As the post outlines, flipping the classroom means replacing classroom lectures and homework with short videos and in-class activities. This approach allows students to watch and re-watch the video content as needed to support their mastery of concepts on their own time. This approach also allows instructors and TAs to use class time to provide personalized feedback and guidance to students as they work individually and in small groups to put the ideas they’ve gleaned from the videos into practice. In essence, flipping your classroom demands that you re-approach how you use class time.
Another way to flip your classroom is to reconceive how you incorporate projects – changing these types of assignments from instructor-directed to student-centered, and making them “an approach to learning rather than something to complete.”
The blog post includes suggestions for how to work around some of the potential challenges of flipping the classroom. It also includes a number of links to resources, including this infographic, which does a great job of visually presenting what the flipped classroom entails and why and how you may want to consider incorporating it into your teaching.