The flipped classroom craze has become so widespread that flipped learning is now standard in many classrooms around the country. Aside from being an innovative way to use new technologies, the flipped classroom model is popular because students and teachers like it, and because it works. The research that has been done so far has shown that flipped classroom learning is more effective and more engaging than traditional lectures.
Education is becoming increasingly important for getting a job and being successful, a trend that shows no signs of stopping in the near future. Thus, it is important that schools offer their students the best possible learning experiences.
Here are five major benefits of flipped classroom learning:
Students control the pace of their learning.
In a traditional classroom, the pace of instruction is determined by the instructors, not the students themselves. The result is that some students in a class end up bored, while others struggle to keep up. In flipped classroom learning, students can control the pace at which they learn. For example, they can stop, rewind, and review video lectures as much as they need to until they understand the concepts. This simply isn’t possible when lectures are delivered live.
Students learn by doing.
In a lecture-based course, watching the lectures is the primary learning activity. However, this is passive, and the instructor often has no idea whether the students are learning anything until test time. In flipped classroom learning, students spend their class times on active learning activities. Not only is this a better way to learn, but instructors can better gauge comprehension and adjust the course content and schedule as necessary to ensure real learning is taking place.
Students learn better.
Many researchers have examined the results of flipped classroom learning, and so far they are overwhelmingly positive. One case study of flipped learning in a high school found that beforethe flip, more than 50% of freshmen failed English and 44% failed math. After the school flipped the learning model, only 19% of freshmen failed English and 13% failed math. There were other positive results as well. For example, the number of discipline cases in a single semester decreased from 736 before the flip to 249 afterward.
There is more opportunity for teacher-student and student-student interaction.
Education research has consistently demonstrated that students who have support from both their instructor and other students do better in school. The flipped classroom learning model allows teachers to spend more one-on-one time with students. It also allows students to learn by collaborating with one another via discussions, projects, and problem-solving. These various interactions lead to much more meaningful learning than can happen when students learn in isolation.
Flipped classroom learning leads to mastery learning.
In a traditional classroom, the emphasis is often on getting all students to reach a minimum level of competency. The goal is simply for students to not fail, which means that even if a student gets a D in a course, that student will move to the next level. Flipped classroom learning, however, is a more personalized form of learning that enables all students to achieve mastery. Students can continue working with a concept until they truly understand it, rather than just gaining a minimal understanding before having to move on.
Overall, the main reason to use a flipped classroom learning model is that it works better than the traditional lecture-based model. By allowing students to learn at their own pace, providing opportunities for active learning and interactive learning, and focusing on mastery rather than minimums, flipped learning provides every student with the learning experience that is most meaningful and most effective.