The Office of Faculty Development

Flipped Classes

The basic idea behind the flipped or inverted classroom is to have your students engage with materials in advance of class, and then to use class time as a space to delve deeper into the ideas, address student questions or concerns about materials, and create a richer, more user-centered learning experience. This is often achieved by having students read or work through materials in advance of class--a model we are now increasingly familiar with thanks to pre-recorded pandemic class lectures on Zoom--and then delving into the substance of those lectures in person later. This model tries to allow students more time to wrestle with and digest materials in advance of class sessions, and then to use the class time for added learning.

Ultimately, the flipped classroom model asks us to think about what is the best use of our face-to-face time with students and to consider ways to restructure the learning process so that we can maximize our time helping students think through class materials, conceptual problems, and questions in a more engaged and focused way.

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