Center for Teaching and Learning
Flipping the Classroom
What is “flipping”?
Flipping the classroom is a “pedagogy-first” approach to teaching. In this approach in-class time is “re-purposed” for inquiry, application, and assessment in order to better meet the needs of the individual learners. Students gain control of the learning process through studying course material outside of class, using readings, pre-recorded video lectures (using technology such as Tegrity), or research assignments. During class time, instructors become facilitators of the learning process by helping students work through problems individually and in groups. There are numerous ways to flip your class. In fact “every teacher who has chosen to flip does so differently,” says flipping gurus Bergmann and Sams (2012). The University of Texas at Austin, has a nice “Quick Start” guide to help you determine what kind of flip is best for your course.
Also know as “inverting” a classroom, this approach seeks to preserve the value of lecture (expertise and custom delivery), while freeing up precious in-person class time for active learning strategies. The main goal in flipping a class is to cultivate deeper, richer active learning experiences for students when the instructor is present to coach and guide them. Emphasis is on higher-order thinking skills and application to complex problems, and may include collaborative learning, case-based learning, peer instruction and problem sets.
- Meet with a CTL consultant. Email to make an appointment
- Join a Faculty and Professional Learning Community
- Learn more by reading through the resources provided below
Support and Training for UW Instructors
- UW-IT workshops on various tools
- Hybrid Course Development Institute, at UW-Bothell
- Tech Fellows Initiative for Course Redesign, at UW-Tacoma
Quick Start Guides and Tool kits
- Quick Start Guide for “Flipping” Your Class, Center for Teaching and Learning, UT-Austin
- Blended Learning Toolkit Reader, prepared by University of Central Florida with the American Assoc. of State Colleges and Universities. Includes recorded webinars with guest presenters talking about what worked for them.
- Team-based Learning offers advice on how to structure groups and tasks, and scale it up to large classrooms. Videos too!
- Quick Start Guide to Flipping Your Classroom with Peer Instruction
- UW video on Innovative Teaching Techniques: Lecture Capture
- 5 Things I wish I knew When I Flipped My Class
- Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education, TED talk by Salman Khan
Blogs and websites
- Faculty Focus. See especially: Looking for “Flippable” Moments in Your Class, Understanding the Flipped Classroom Part 1 and Part 2
- Turn to Your Neighbor: The Official Peer Instruction Blog. See especially: “Quick Start Guide to Flipping Your Classroom with Peer Instruction”
- 6 Expert Tips for Flipping the Classroom Campus Technology, Jan 2013
- Stanford’s Online Strategy Campus Technology, Jan 2013
- San Jose State U. Says Replacing Live Lectures with Videos Increased Test Scores Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct 2012.
- Understanding the Flipped Classroom, Faculty Focus, Oct 2012.
- What Campuses Can Learn from Online Teaching Wall Street Journal, Oct 2012 [also available through UW Libraries]
- The Flipped Classroom FAQ by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, Sept 2012
- Back to School: How to get your first university class off to a flying start at The Guardian, Sept 2012
- The Inverted Classroom, by Robert Talbert, Education Reform, May 2012.
- Flipping the Classroom requires more than video at Wired, April 2012
- How ‘Flipping the Classroom’ Can Improve the Traditional Lecture at The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Feb 2012
- 7 Things you should know about Flipped Classrooms by Educause, Feb 2012
- The Inverted Classroom: What it is, Why We Need it and What it Might Look Like, a keynote Prezi presentation, Teaching Conference, University of Edinburgh, Jan 2012
- Leaving lectures behind, North Caroline State University, Sept 2011
- Active Learning vs Covering the Syllabus, Chem Eng Education, 1999
- Teaching Without Walls is the website of an art history instructor. Includes a variety of resources, including an interview with students about “flipping the classroom.” There is also a link to her SlideShare collection, within which there is 2009 PowerPoint presentation on “How and Why I Flipped My Classroom.”
- The Electric Educator is the website of a high school science teacher. He has a full blog post on how to “flip your classroom through reverse instruction” and a YouTube video describing “5 Things I wish I knew about the flipped classroom.”
- Bergmann, J., & Sams, A. (2012). Flip your classroom: Reach every student in every class every day. Eugene, Or: International Society for Technology in Education.