Flipped Classrooms

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Students view short video lectures, read text or review professor notes before the class session. This allows more time to be devoted in class for  discussions, applied learning activities, or laboratory exercises. This teaching model allows instructors to guide student learning by answering student questions and helping them apply course concepts during class time. Activities that have been traditionally assigned as homework are now done in class with the instructor’s support. 

The use of content management systems, materials and videos on the internet have made it easier for instructors to implement a flipped teaching approach. However, with any teaching format there are benefits and limitations to consider. The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative group has summarized some of the recent research and understandings related to blended learning and the flipped classroom."  (CELT, 2019).

To learn more about these concepts review the following resources:

This video from the University of Texas Faculty Innovation Center outlines the difference between the traditional classroom and the flipped classroom and the benefits students may experience from flipping portions of your course.

Access the video at this link:  https://vimeo.com/70893101

Getting Started

Below are some basic considerations to help you implement this teaching approach:

  • Explain to students expectations of their role in this teaching format
  • Create a well-organized online course space (i.e. Canvas course) to house course material
  • Employ universal design for learning concepts to ensure course content is accessible to a diverse group learners
  • Develop high quality online or multi-media resources
  • Create videos that are 5-10 minutes long (lengthy videos lose student attention)
  • Create online assignments and assessments to accompany videos
  • Create meaningful classroom activities to engage students in their learning and allow them to apply what they have accessed online


Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. (2019).  Available at: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/