Blended Learning: Flipping the Conventional Style of Learning

Posted by Mitchell Communications Group on July 10, 2014


While blended learning is a recently popularized learning tactic, learning professionals are already trying out new ways to take it one step further. To make the most of their face-to-face time with learners, many instructors are beginning to utilize the flipping method as described by teachthought.

Basically, in a conventional style of learning, an instructor delivers information to students face-to-face, then assigns post-session follow-up work (or homework). Hopefully, that instructor is able to provide adequate feedback on that assignment at a later date. Often, that is difficult to do. And we all know homework isn’t very popular with most learners. To be honest, there is a better way!

With the flipping method, this conventional style is “flipped” around. Material that would normally be delivered in the classroom is delivered ahead of time via reading or a multi-media format such as self-paced computer module, video, infographic, simulation or discussion board.

Then, the instructor spends his or her face-to-face time asking questions about the content and its real-life application, providing feedback to assignments and addressing the unique needs of the learners. This Socratic approach is actually based more in customized, facilitated discussions more so than lectures and PowerPoints. In addition, this method enables the participants to learn not only from the trainer/teacher, but also from each other. Now that is a brilliant idea!

Flipping is new – what do you think about it?

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