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Reader Question: How do I get students to come to class prepared?

Question from a reader: How do I get students to do the pre-class work and come to class prepared?

Answer: If you’re asking this question, you’re not alone! This is the number one most frequently asked question I hear from educators around 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 and application of content during class time.

It’s nearly impossible for students to “get by” without doing the work to prepare for an active learning experience. But, if your students aren’t prepared, then it defeats the whole purpose of the learner-centered environment.

So what can you do? Here are a few resources with specific strategies you can immediately apply to your courses:

10 Strategies to Encourage Students to Actually DO the Pre-Class Work in Flipped and Active Learning Classrooms (free whitepaper)

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

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

Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work

Five Ways to Motivate Unprepared Students in the Flipped Classroom  

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