Flipping the classroom

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model where lecture and homework elements are reversed. This means that a recording of a lecture is viewed by students at home before coming to the lecture, and then the contact time itself is devoted to discussion and activities.

This approach means that students have done background work on a topic before coming into a teaching session, so the tutor has more time during the session to go into more depth, or to help students with aspects they don’t understand. Students are able to identify which areas they are challenged by, from watching the recording beforehand, and then work on these during contact time.

Flipping the classroom is not a new teaching concept; many of us set students pre-sessional reading, or independent learning tasks as part of our teaching approach. What might be different is how you use your face-to-face time as a result of recording the concepts and knowledge you have been disseminating in lectures and setting activities based on this in advance of the the lecture; maybe even starting to question the role of the ‘live lecture’ in your teaching strategy.


How have others done this?

Chris Willmott in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Leicester used the flipped classroom model for his lectures on bioethics. He pre-recorded lectures using Panopto and used the contact time to discuss case studies. He split the pre-recorded lectures into shorter sections to make them more accessible. He also recorded the face-to-face case study sessions, editing out the discussions. He will be able to use these recordings again next year.

At the University of Birmingham’s School of Biosciences, lecture capture has been used to allow students to watch lectures in their own time, and then freeing up academics’ time to better support students in face-to-face time.


How can I do this?

You can pre-record video lectures at your desk or at home using Reflect and add in any documents or other preparatory work into Blackboard alongside the recording.

We are offering monthly training sessions on Flipped Classroom Teaching. Details of dates and how to book.

Points to consider about the flipped classroom.

Flipped Classroom: The Unprepared Student.


Further Reading and Resources

5 Ways Students Say Their Role Changes in the Flipped Classroom.

Quick Start Guide: Flipped Classroom.

Flipped Institute.


Case Studies

Royal Society of Chemisty: Flipping Lectures and Inverting Classrooms.

Chemistry Case Study.

Lecture Capture Pedagogy Case Studies (University of Hull).


Flipped Classroom Teaching - Maths

On Flipping the Classroom in a Large First Year Calculus Courses.

The Flipped Classroom Model for College Algebra: effects on student achievement.

Flipped Teaching Techniques + Active Learning = Excellent Educational Possibilities!

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