Flipped Classrooms

Flipping a class is a current trend in secondary and higher education. You flip a class when you invert the delivery of content to allow students to read, view, or engage with your content material before the scheduled class time, and then use the in-class time to actively work with students on assignments, problems, case studies, or other activities. In most cases, this means shifting a traditional lecture to a pre-recorded video or some other format and asking students to absorb the content before coming to class.

The terminology and concept of flipping a class originated with Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann at a high school in Woodland Park, Colorado. In this 2-minute YouTube video below, Aaron Sams describes how he flips his class.

The Flipped Classroom  (2 minute video)

The most important consideration about flipping a traditional face-to-face class is determining if your content is suitable for flipping and if your students will respond well to an inverted teaching arrangement. For online classes, the concept of flipping is not necessarily as applicable; in many ways an online class is already flipped. Below, a 2-page summary of flipped classroom concepts and methods is provided.

Flipping Your Class (PDF)-- a summary from the Mercer University Center for Teaching and Learning

A Flipped Classroom Instructional Module -- a graphical explanation of flipped classes

A Quick-Start Guide to Flipping a Class -- the University of Texas at Austin Center for Teaching and Learning. The link to download guide is at page bottom.

For guidance on flipping your class, contact the Center by emailing Dr. Susan Codone at codone_s@mercer.edu.