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Traditionally, faculty have devoted a large portion of class time to lecture and asked students to work on assigned problems and homework outside those sessions.  In this teacher-centric model, students do not have immediate access to the professor when they need assistance with coursework.  As a result, professors are beginning to “flip” the classroom by asking students to watch recorded lectures prior to class and come prepared to discuss and work on applying their learning during class sessions. 

Benefits of Flipping the Classroom

SPU faculty report the following advantages to flipping their classroom:

  • Students are able to watch recordings when they are ready to learn
  • Students can pause lectures and research related content
  • Some students feel that they can take better notes by listening to class lectures again
  • Class time is better spent when students come prepared to discuss the content
  • Students can delve deeper into the learning process

Things to Consider when Integrating Flipped Learning

Try thinking about your course materials and what are the crucial in-class activities that can only be completed when you're together vs what can students accomplish on their own ahead of time.  Often, this pedagogy incorporates short pre-recorded lectures and can lead to the incorporation of Active Learning activities in the classroom too.

  • Creating short lecture videos ahead of time
    • These take time and planning
    • Where are you going to host videos and how will students access the materials?
  • Pre-class quizzes on Canvas can also be used to ensure students have watched the required materials before coming to class

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