Barbi Honeycutt

About Dr. Barbi Honeycutt

Dr. Barbi Honeycutt is a speaker, scholar, and author. She shares ideas and creates resources to support educators in creating engaging learning environments. She is the founder of FLIP It Consulting in Raleigh, NC, and an adjunct professor. The “FLIP” means to “Focus on your Learners by Involving them in the Process.”

What should I know before I FLIP my class?

I’m just beginning to think about integrating active learning and flipped course design. What should I know before I FLIP my class? I’m glad you’re taking a moment to think carefully about how to integrate these ideas you’re your classes. You’ll save time and frustration by following a few guidelines and learning from the advice of other faculty who have successfully integrated the FLIP into their classes. First, remember, in my work the FLIP means [...]

What can I do about student resistance?

Many of my students resist active learning. They don’t seem to understand the value of this type of learning experience. What can I do? It helps to first try to understand why students are showing resistance. It could be because of assumptions they are bringing with them based on previous negative experiences with active learning. However, student resistance often comes from a place of confusion or fear. They may be uncertain about this type of [...]

Where can I find ideas for new teaching strategies to engage students?

I tend to use the same strategies in class and I’m ready to try something different. Where can I find ideas for new teaching strategies to engage my students? I’m glad you are looking for new ideas to connect with your students! You’re the kind of educator I like to work with! I know you probably have a whole collection of strategies you use to engage students, but it’s fun to explore new ideas and [...]

How do I get students to come to class prepared?

How do I get students to do the pre-class work and come to class prepared? If you’re asking this question, you’re not alone! This is the number one most frequently asked question I hear from educators across the world when it comes to flipped course design and active learning. Unlike courses where content is primarily delivered through lecturing during class time, courses based on active learning and flipped course design rely heavily on student involvement [...]

3 Ways to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class

Learning environments that depend on student interaction, involvement, and engagement demand both you and your students to be ready, focused, and on-task. When you teach using any of the learning-centered or student-centered approaches, the quality of your class time depends on your students coming to class ready to participate and engage. That’s why I recommend adding a focusing activity to the beginning of class, especially if you teach using flipped or active learning approaches. What [...]

3 Articles to Address Student Preparation and Motivation in the Flipped Classroom

Since January, I've been writing an ongoing series of articles for the Faculty Focus newsletter about some of the challenges we all face in the flipped classroom. I'm not sure how many of you read Faculty Focus, but I highly recommend adding it to your inbox. Colleagues from around the world openly share ideas and advice so you can enhance your teaching and connect with your students. Over the past few weeks, I've been getting some amazing [...]

How to Encourage Your Students to Actually DO the Pre-Class Work

Here's an excerpt from my newest whitepaper "10 Strategies to Encourage Students in to Actually DO the Pre-Class Work in Flipped and Active Learning Classes."   "How do I get my students to actually DO the pre-class work?" I have been traveling across the U.S. since 2011 leading workshops for educators from every type of higher education institution. From small private liberal arts colleges to large research universities, this is, by far, the most frequently asked question [...]

FLIP the First 5 Minutes of Class: 50 Proven Strategies to Engage Your Students

Don’t waste a minute of class time! Use a focusing activity to minimize distractions, maintain momentum, and create more time for learning. When you teach using any of the learning-centered or student-centered approaches, the quality of your class time depends on your students coming to class ready to participate and...

How can I manage my time and energy when I FLIP my class?

Learning to become the ‘guide on the side’ or the facilitator in a flipped classroom takes a very different set of skills. You have to learn how to let go of control, take risks, and manage many moving pieces. It’s exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. This is why it’s important to create a plan and develop strategies so the flipped classroom becomes a place where both you AND your students are successful. Here [...]

What’s new in the flipped classroom conversation?

The flipped classroom conversation has been around for more than five years now. You get it. You know what it is, and you know how to do it (or, you’re at least trying it and figuring it out as you go!). When I returned from leading three full days of faculty development workshops at Wright State University and Forsyth Technical Community College last month, I came home with a profound sense that the conversations about [...]