Posts on the “flipped classroom” at the Cengage Learning Blog always generate a good deal of interest. We realized that many of you have implemented this model in your class, and that we could all benefit from your experiences.

So, we recently asked our readers: “Have you flipped your classroom?” The poll included the question: What opportunities do you believe the flipped classroom model offers to students and instructors? We received a number of insightful comments, several of which we’ve shared below.

Thanks to those of you who took the time to respond! If you’d like to share your experiences, add them in the comments section below.

 

“Taking my lectures on income tax out of the classroom enables me to spend the entire class period on the application of tax laws by working problems. I have been able to stay on schedule based on my syllabus timeline established at the beginning of the semester. We even have time for a deeper exam review without feeling rushed. I highly recommend flipping a calculation-based course as long as the professor plans on how to utilize the increased amount of class time available.”

—Paula Hearn Moore, Associate Professor of Accounting/Business Law, University of Tennessee at Martin

 

“I have been putting the primary responsibility for learning on my students for 15 plus years now. We used to call flipping the class active and/or collaborative learning. This is the only truly effective model for learning in my opinion. Students appear to retain the material in a more meaningful way via application and seem to enjoy learning more. Wish I had the opportunity to enjoy my education more.”

—Kim Churchill, Associate Professor of Sociology at Guilford Technical Community College (Jamestown, NC)

 

“The flipped model makes the best use of the face-to-face time in the classroom. Students bounce ideas off each other while working on problems and activities.  I teach AP Statistics and non-AP Statistics which can be tough for some students.  I can check in with each student almost every class period to see how they are doing. I can differentiate my questions to challenge each student.  I was just recently out of school for a month while recuperating from surgery and my students didn’t lose any ground.  My substitute was very dedicated but didn’t know a lot of statistics so he watched my online lessons, too. This is my third year flipping and I will never go back.  My students are happier; I am happier; student performance increases every year!”

—Mary Lou Kandigian, Academy for Information Technology (Scotch Plains, NJ)

 

“I am enjoying the ‘Flipped Classroom’ approach because information provided by the students is up to date and relates to their interests. Students use their smartphone, tablet or laptop to research topics. I tried a ‘Show and Tell’ activity that involved pictures of input and output devices we were covering. Students also posted their research results in D2L (our learning management software). This added another layer of coverage of the material for my students.

I allow my students to choose which question their group will address. Here are some of the questions students answered in groups of two.

1. Ergonomic keyboard/devices/furniture

What can you tell us about ergonomics? Show the class various pictures of ergonomic devices.

2. Pointing Devices

Show the class various pointing devices. Tell us what they do and how they work.

3. Touchscreens 

Show pictures of various touchscreens. Explain gestures.

4. Pen Input and Voice Input 

Show pictures of pen input devices. Tell us about voice input, demonstrate an example.

5. Scanners and Reading Devices   

Show pictures of various types of scanners. How do they work? Tell us about bar code readers.

6. RFID 

Discuss RFID.  Show us various applications of this technology.

7. PositiveID

What is this? Show pictures of this device. How is this technology currently being used?

8. MICR

Explain MICR to the class. Show various aspects of this technology and tell us how it is used.

9. HDTV

Show pictures of various HDTVs and Smart TVs as well as plasma monitors. Tell us about distinguishing features of these devices.

10. Printers

Research four main types of printers. Show pictures of the different types of printers. Which do you prefer and why? Discuss pros/cons of 3D printing.

I make it a practice to ask my students for anonymous feedback at the mid-point of each class. Here is a sampling of comments from my students from the question, ‘Things I am enjoying about this class”:

  • Completely different style of lecture from anything I have ever seen, but absolutely affective for this material.
  • Getting everyone involved in learning, having the videos.
  • Flipped classroom, class is interactive and makes me want to learn. I love that we aren’t just sitting through a lecture.
  • It’s not a lecture class, we teach each other, which helps me understand the class better.”

—Vicki L. Brooks, Professor, Columbia College (Columbia, MO)