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 to Focus on your Learners by Involving them in the Process. The focus is on the process of engaging students and involving them in higher level critical thinking skills when they’re in class with you.

There’s more than one way to do this. It’s not just about recording videos of lectures and magically hoping students will watch them and come to class prepared and ready to participate. There’s more to the FLIP than that. You have to think strategically and plan carefully so you can design experiences to increase engagement and improve learning.

Here are a few resources and recommendations as you start planning:

Avoid These Five Rookie Mistakes When Flipping Your Class – Five of the most common mistakes I see when I work with faculty who want to implement the flipped model.

Looking for Flippable Moments – Before you FLIP, look for these three places in your course or lesson to decide where to implement flipped strategies. You don’t have to FLIP everything (and please don’t).

You Don’t Have to Be a Tech Guru to FLIP Your Class: An Unplugged Flipped Strategy – In this post, I just want to expand your definition of what it means to FLIP a class. You can use technology, but you don’t have to. There are so many ways to engage students and involve them in the process of learning. Here’s one “unplugged” strategy to inspire you to bring a variety of active learning strategies into your classroom.

Why FLIP? Five Techniques Supported by Research – Do you need to justify your decision to FLIP? Are you wondering what research has been published to support these active learning strategies in the classroom? Here are five foundational references to get started. For a more detailed list of resources, go to the barbihoneycutt.com/resources page to download the references list.

Flipped Classroom Trends: A Survey of College Faculty –  If you want to know what motivates faculty to implement the flipped model or what prevents them from using the approach in their courses, take a look at this report on flipped classroom trends in higher education (Honeycutt, 2015. Magna Publications).

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