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.”

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 [...]

3 (More) Strategies to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work

In my latest Faculty Focus article, I share three more strategies to encourage students to do the pre-class work so they come to class prepared and ready to participate. The three strategies I share are: Ticket to Enter Choose a Side (a more detailed version of this strategy is explained here) Pass the Problem "Cheat" Sheet (a more detailed version of this strategy is explained here) This article is actually a follow up to an earlier blog [...]

You Don’t Have to be a Technology Guru to FLIP Your Classroom: An ‘Unplugged’ Flipped Strategy

Discussions about flipped classroom models have almost always included references to some type of technological tool such as computers, laptops, tablets, and phones. Technology can be powerful, and it has almost become a requirement in today’s learning environments. It has opened the door for educators and students to connect and engage in ways we haven’t been able to before. However, in my mission to expand the definition of the flipped classroom, I want to hit [...]

3 Strategies to Encourage Students to Complete the Pre-Class Work in the Flipped Classroom

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from instructors about the flipped classroom is, “How do you encourage students to do the pre-class work?”  After all, if students are unprepared for the learning activities you have planned for the in-class time, then the flipped model will not be as successful. Usually, before I answer the question, I ask two questions of my own. First, I ask, “How are you defining the flipped classroom [...]

4 Responses to the NY Times Opt-Ed Piece on Lecturing vs. Active Learning

During the past week, colleagues in my network have been discussing the opt-ed piece "Lecture Me. Really." published by Molly Worthen in the NY Times.  It's a polarizing piece that pits lecturing against active learning. Rather than re-state all that has been said, I'd like to feature the top 4 responses from my network. Featured blog posts: #1:  Active Learning is Not Our Enemy: A Response to Molly Worthen. Written by Josh Eyler, this response [...]

5 Ways Students Say Their Role Changes in the Flipped Classroom

What are students' roles and responsibilities in learning environments that use the FLIP classroom model?  This is the question I wanted to explore with the incoming Pharmacy students at Chapman University's School of Pharmacy (CUSP) during their new student orientation. A little background...throughout the past year and a half, we have been working closely with the faculty at CUSP as they prepare for their first incoming class. We have worked alongside the faculty to develop a [...]

How do you design a learning environment with the FLIP model? Dr. Honeycutt featured in new podcast

As some of you may have noticed, I've been working with my web design team to develop a more dynamic web site and blog. One of my goals with the new design is to feature more resources for faculty like you who are excited and passionate about teaching innovations, especially in the context of higher education. Earlier this summer, Dr. Mark Hofer, Associate Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary, invited me to [...]

FLIP Your Classroom with the Paired Jigsaw Activity: Build Communication and Analysis Skills

If you want to know how well your students know something, tell them to teach it to someone else. If you find a flippable moment in your lesson or course, but you have minimal prep time to develop an activity, try the “Paired Jigsaw." This activity challenges students to synthesize and analyze information at a deeper level which is exactly what we're aiming for in the flipped classroom. With this strategy, students become the ones [...]

FREE REPORT! Benefits and Challenges of the Flipped Classroom Model in Higher Education

From 2014-2016, I worked with Magna Publications and Faculty Focus to conduct a survey on the benefits and challenges of the flipped classroom model in higher education. The findings give us a glimpse of where we are with this instructional model and what campus leaders need to consider as they develop programs and resources to support faculty and students. It was not surprising to me to see the number one challenge for faculty who want [...]