- Instructors at Harvard and Stanford are finding new ways to engage students through flipped classroom designs and address problems when they don’t come to class prepared.
- Campus Technology reports faculty have found flipped courses time-consuming to develop and created an increased workload for students who must watch lectures in addition to reading before class.
- Some instructors have created a hybrid model where one class per week reviews lecture and reading material and another offers hands-on learning experiences.
A survey about the state of video in education by Kaltura found this year that the majority of respondents believed flipped classrooms would become the norm in education. The model has been around for a long time but it has gained in popularity in recent years as institutions focus increasingly on developing new methods to improve student engagement and retention.
Instead of inviting students to class to passively listen to a lecture, flipped classrooms are designed to get that out of the way before class and spend the traditional lecture period doing more engaging activities. Many teachers have seen improved student outcomes but, like at Harvard and Stanford, others have found students who fail to do the prep work or don’t show up to class are at a greater disadvantage than ever.