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Be Actively Passive: 3 Strategies to Be Successful in Flipped Learning Environments

"You want your students to be active; you've got to be a little passive." --Professor Timothy Bresnahan, Stanford University This quote was posted in a recent article published in the Tomorrow’s Professor listserve. When I read it, I immediately thought about how well it applies to flipped learning environments.  Flipped learning environments are dynamic, interactive, and engaging.  If you were to observe one, you’d see students actively engaged in solving problems, talking with each other, [...]

How To Start Flipping Your Meetings

Want to lead more effective meetings? Try flipping one! Last weekend, I presented a session at NC State's SpeedCon.  During this session I introduced participants to the concept of flipping a meeting.  The participants were energetic, enthusiastic, and open to new ideas, and I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with this group. Since we had such a great conversation, I thought I'd share the information from the session as a follow up to the recent [...]

Expanding the Definition of the “FLIP!”

Take a look at this 2 minute video to learn how I define the flip! I thought I'd take a moment to define how I interpret the "flip" and show how it shaped the idea behind FLIP It Consulting.  I think this will help you see how my vision for the FLIP is a little different than the current buzz around flipping the classroom.  While there are similarities between the two, flipping (for me) doesn’t just involve [...]

Typical Meeting vs. Flipped Meeting

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that this next series of blog posts will compare flipped environments to other types of traditional environments. My goal with this mini-series is to expand the definition what it means to “flip” an environment because you can flip more than classes! First, let’s briefly revisit what it means to “flip” an environment.  When you flip, you switch from instructor-centered design to participant-centered design.  You move from being the [...]

The Lecture vs. The FLIP

People are starting to ask, "Barbi, what is this 'flip' idea you keep talking about?  What does it mean?"  Well, there are lots of ways to answer that question.  Flipping can mean many different things depending on the context.  Over the next few blog posts, I plan to compare flipped environments to other types of traditional environments so we can begin to expand on just how you can implement flipped strategies in a variety of [...]

Flipping is about more than videos!

Just thought I'd share three resources about flipping the classroom.  Recently I read this blog post by Jeff Utecht on his blog The Thinking Stick and this blog post by Doug Woods on his blog about e-learning. All too often, I see educators focus primarily on videos, thinking that recording lectures online is the answer when it comes to flipping their classrooms.   Jeff and Doug's posts expand the definition of flipping, and their concepts are [...]

3 Quick Tips to Help You FLIP

Many colleagues have often told me they look forward to coming to meetings I lead.  Imagine that!  They look forward to a meeting!  They say meetings with me are the most productive meetings they have ever attended.  While that makes me feel great, it’s not really about me.  It’s about them.  It’s about the space I create for them.  Whether you are a participant in one of my workshops, a colleague in one of my meetings, or a student in one of my classes, my focus is always the same.  It’s not about me.   And if you are going to flip one of your environments, you’ll have to flip your way of thinking too.  As you think about giving it a try, here are three quick tips to help you get started: […]

Want to FLIP a meeting? Start with the agenda.

This recent article posted on and recently caught my attention as I continue help people flip their meetings.  The article highlights seven types of problems with meetings including having a meek moderator, being a meeting addict, dealing with the idea killer, coping with the technology tinkerer, managing the smartphone fiend, dealing with the lunch break obliterator, and working with the class clown. As I read through the comments from readers, I wasn’t surprised [...]

3 Tips to Help You Ask Questions More Effectively

“Are there any questions?” How many times have you asked this question in class or in training sessions only to receive blank stares or an occasional nod? That’s because this is one of the most ineffective questions to ask students. Yet, when we teach, we keep asking this question expecting that one day our students will magically answer. The purpose of this blog post is to give you three quick tips to try in your [...]