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Reader Question: What Should I Know Before I FLIP My Class?

Question from a Reader: I’m just beginning to think about integrating active learning and flipped course design. What should I know before I FLIP my class?

Answer: 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 and thinking about how to FLIP it:

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).

Choose a Side: An Unplugged Flipped Strategy to Promote Analysis and Critical Thinking

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? In this post, I share five flipped strategies supported by the research.

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

It's the most frequently asked question about flipped learning models. In this free whitepaper, you'll get 10 strategies you can use to address student motivation, preparation, and engagement.


For more strategies, resources, and advice, enroll in an online course or webinar! See the complete list of FLIP It courses!

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