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A Guide to the Flipped Classroom

A collection of articles and essays from The Chronicle of Higher Education, along with links to further reading. Articles and essays in the collection are as follows:

  • How Flipping the Classroom Can Improve the Traditional Lecture
  • Inside the Flipped Classroom
  • It’s a Flipping Revolution
  • Toward a Common Definition of “Flipped Learning”
  • Flipped Learning Skepticism: Do Students Want to Have Lectures?
  • Physicists Eagerly Try out New Teaching Methods but Often Drop Them, Study Finds
  • When a Flipped-Classroom Pioneer Hands Off His Video Lectures, This Is What Happens

Culling Flipped Classroom Best Practices from Successful Implementations
This article focuses on the following three best practices gleaned from the implementation of flipped learning at Missouri State, an initiative documented in “Missouri State U Improves Learning Outcomes With Flipped Course.”

  • using class time for active learning
  • personalized learning
  • customized learning materials

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Flipping the Classroom
Excellent questions and useful, practical answers, originally published by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning.

Five Best Practices for the Flipped Classroom
Online educator and consultant Andrew Miller offers concise advice on the following topics:

  • Need to Know
  • Engaging Models
  • Technology
  • Reflection
  • Time and Place

Flipping Assessment: Making Assessment a Learning Experience
Although many instructors see assessment as a separate part of the learning cycle—a part that doesn’t typically involve students—there are ways to shift the focus of assessment from the instructor to the student as well as involve students in the process, thereby flipping assessment by making it a learning strategy.

Flipped Classroom: Full Picture for Higher Education
An extensive overview of the flipped classroom and its pedagogical foundations. Contains illustrations of various models of a flipped classroom, along with an example lesson, discussions of tools, and other resources.

Flipping Large Classes: Three Strategies to Engage Students
“Faculty who teach large classes are challenged not only by the sheer number of students but also by the physical space in the classroom. Having 100, 200, or 400+ students in class means teaching in large lecture halls with stadium seating and seats that are bolted to the floor. It’s not exactly the ideal space for collaboration and group discussions, so the types of flipped and active learning strategies you can use are more limited. Often, faculty fall back on the ‘think, pair, share’ format or use clicker questions to encourage student engagement. But there are other techniques we can deploy in these large classrooms to engage students and involve them in higher levels of critical thinking and analysis.”

Six Expert Tips for Flipping the Classroom
In this article from Campus Technology, three leaders in flipped classroom instruction share their best practices for creating a classroom experience that fosters active learning and promotes lifelong learning.

The Two Most Powerful Flipped-Classroom Tips I Have Learned So Far
In this thoughtful and thought-provoking essay, Julie Schell, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and an Assistant Clinical Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, shares her insight into the following lessons learned by flipping the classroom:

  • Don’t tell students that you are flipping or experimenting.
  • Don’t teach in new ways and assess in old ways.

Schell’s essay also includes a discussion of the value of frequent low-stakes testing in a flipped environment.

Understanding the Flipped Classroom: Part 1

Understanding the Flipped Classroom: Part 2
A brief but thorough history of the flipped classroom and a look at what it takes for someone to teach effectively in a flipped classroom.