3 keys to a flipped classroom

David Truss, Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts, Apr 24, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The discussion in some circles continues around the concept of the 'flipped classroom'. To reiterate for those new to the concept, the idea of a flipped classroom is that students receive their instruction (readings, lectures, etc) at home, and do their homework (assignments, groupwork, etc) in the classroom. Dave Truss summarizes a couple posts from Jonathan Martin, one in which he observes "education's value-add is and will be in the coaching and troubleshooting" (which is quite true, in my view), and another where he says "Classrooms become laboratories or studios, and yet content delivery is preserved." The flip is not without its challeges, though, and Truss outlines three:
- getting students to do their homework, ie., to actually view the lecture
- getting the lecture content right
- producing quality lectures that students can follow
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