As an instructor, you want to make the most of students’ time in your classroom. Rather than spend your time on basic questions, you want students to engage with activities and discussions that accomplish your higher-level learning goals. What’s more, you want your students to come to the classroom prepared, ready to contribute, and willing to collaborate.

How can you promote this kind of environment in your classroom? With the flipped-classroom model, you can use your experience and expertise, in combination with blended-learning techniques, to create an active classroom environment filled with learners ready to discuss, debate, and offer solutions for complex real-world problems.

Listen to the “Flipping the College Classroom” podcast series

Flipping the College Classroom: A Free Podcast Series from Cengage Learning
In need of some inspiration, and information that will help you put this to work in your classroom? Invest time in listening to Marc Alan Sperber and Craig Dane Roberts’ five-part podcast series, “Flipping the College Classroom.” In the first episode, “Why We Flip,” Marc and Craig define what a “flipped classroom” is, and they describe what drew them to the flipped classroom method of teaching. Additionally, Marc and Craig introduce the theoretical foundation of their discussion—Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles of Effective Education (also referred to as the “Seven Ps”)—and address how these are applied within their approach to the flipped classroom model.


Learn more about flipping the college classroom from Marc Sperber and Craig Roberts

Join us in the coming weeks for additional episodes of the “Flipping the College Classroom” podcast series. Then, join us on Thursday, November 20 at 1 PM ET for Marc and Craig’s one-hour virtual workshop on the reasons to flip the college classroom–and how to do it. Listen to each episode, register for the webinar, take note of any questions and ideas that come to mind… and attend, ready to participate!

For additional ideas on how to flip your classroom, join us for future installments of the Flipping the College Classroom podcast series.


Have you flipped your classroom? Share your ideas and strategies in the comments.


About the “Flipping the College Classroom” Podcast and Webinar Contributors

Marc Alan Sperber, MS (Instructional Technology), Duke University School of Nursing
As an educational technologies consultant at Duke University, Marc designs innovative residential, online and international courses, consults with faculty on the best practices in instructional design and technology integration for classroom and distance-based courses, co-leads the Distance Education Special Interest Group at Duke and serves on a university-wide online course assessment committee. Educational technology projects have sent Marc to China and Tanzania. He has a master’s degree in instructional technology and distance learning administration, and previous experience as a marketing research analyst, music magazine publisher/editor-in-chief and TV commercial film editor.

Craig Dane Roberts, PhD (Neuroscience), Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
A Duke University faculty member in both neuroscience and education, Craig’s research expertise lies in how our brains encode and store sensory information. In education, he leads, evaluates and advises on institutional initiatives to adopt novel educational technologies and practices – including flipped, collaborative and competency-based approaches. Craig directs learning innovation and global ventures at the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, including the development of scientific research and education programs in Shanghai.