While many educators have begun to incorporate blended learning into the classroom, some are taking it a few steps further. Known as the flipped classroom or flipped learning model, practitioners assign video lectures for students to consume at home while traditional “homework” is completed in the classroom. This gives students more one-on-one time with the instructor, as well as a more hands-on experience. If you are considering experimenting with this model, here are a few of the benefits of flipped learning you may experience:
- Studies have shown that flipped learning can dramatically improve student performance. For example, a 2014 study at the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Oklahoma found that first time pass rate of the FAA hands-on flight test and written test improved from 83.9 percent to 96 percent when the flipped classroom model was introduced.
- Flipped classrooms allow each student to create his or her own ideal learning environment. While classrooms can be full of distractions, watching lectures at home often puts students in an environment that is better suited for concentration.
- Students can work in their own time frame. With a traditional lecture format, students that fail to grasp key concepts can quickly be left behind. When students are able to watch lectures on their own, however, they can watch the video over and over until they become comfortable with the material.
- There is evidence to suggest that, while all students tend to benefit from flipped learning, weaker students may benefit the most. When Villanova tried a flipped learning pilot program in engineering courses, they found that students that ranked in the lowest one-third of the class maintained an average that was ten percentage points higher than their peers in a traditionally taught class. Overall, students showed an improvement of three percentage points.
- In today’s connected world, employees and students alike are accustomed to turning to electronic sources when they are in need of more in-depth information. The flipped classroom fits in perfectly with this workflow.
To learn more about incorporating a flipped classroom model into your learning program, contact us at CADLearning.