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Flipped Course

"Every class spent lecturing is a wasted coaching opportunity"

Michael Feldstein, eLiterate

In the flipped course model, Instructors record their lectures or use open-source resources to provide the lecture content. Students can view the videos and complete a short assessment of their content understanding before coming to class. One obvious advantage of this approach is that students complete the required preparation at their own pace and at a time that works best for them.  

During class, the instructor functions as a facilitator, coaching, advising, answering questions and addressing misconceptions in real time. Class may start out with a series of mini lectures, further explaining content the students found difficult or confusing. The remainder of the class is spent in active learning, so students and Instructors interact with each other. Most "flipped teachers" think this is the most important aspect of the flipped model.  

A growing number of higher ed institutions are investigating its use, although the research is just emerging in the peer-reviewed journals. See for yourself what the research has to say about the effectiveness of the flipped class, and peruse some of the case studies. Then see how Clarissa Bercovitch-Guelman flipped her CSUSM Physics class.  Finally, check out the Techniques and Activities page for some ideas for classroom activities. 

Tools for Videocapture

  • At CSUSM, Techsmith Relay is a screen capture tool available to faculty for recording screen captures and audio of your presentations. 
  • Zoom, a webconferencing tool free to all CSUSM faculty and students can also be used to record presentations.  Recorded presentations can be uploaded to YouTube as unlisted, and do not come up in search results. 
  • EdPuzzle is a free online tool that allows you to take existing videos from YouTube, Khan Aademy and many other websites, add your voice, insert comments and questions and track the students views and question responses.  This 7 minute tutorial will get you started.

Ensuring your Students Come to Class Prepared

6 ideas for homework and online interaction that feed into class meetings

The Watch, Summarize, Question Technique

November 7, 2014 Presentation


Video of Clarissa Bercovitch-Guelman

Video: Clarisa Bercovitch Guelman - Flipping Physics

Techniques and Resources

How to Make the Most of the Flipped Classroom - ideas from 5 Professors 
6 Expert Tips for Flipping the Classroom
What if Students Revolt? - Techniques to Combat Student Resistance
The Flipped Classroom: Tips for Integrating Moments of Reflection

Five Ways to Flip Your Classroom with the New York Times
Techniques and Activities for Active Learning
Recommendations for Making Active Learning Work