The clearest definition of flipped learning that I have seen comes from Robert Talbert on the website Flipped Learning Global Initiative.
Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which first contact with new concepts moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space in the form of structured activity, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.
Let’s break that down.
Flipped learning is a technique of teaching. Schools use flipped learning. But they aren’t the only ones. Businesses also use this technique to educate, collaborate and improve their business culture.
The first time one accesses the new information he process is the first time you have contact with new information is in a personal space, rather than a group space. And that contact is in the form of a structured activity.
So, instead of the classic image of students sitting in their seats listening to a teacher we now have the image of the learner watching a video, reading a book, flipping through a presentation, or listening to a tape. On their own, at their own speed, with the ability to go back and review it at any time.
Students use the group space for interactive learning. Teachers guide the students to APPLY the information they have gleaned on their own. The information is not something to memorize and spit out later; it’s dynamic, engaging, creative, and applicable.
When viewed that way, it’s clear why teachers and students alike at LEADPrep prefer to base their education on the flipped methodology!