While the pre-class work (videos, guided notes, etc.) is labor-intensive and time-consuming, a fantastic classroom experience makes flipping worthwhile for both the teacher and the students.
Imagine having a class where the instructor doesn't have to deliver a lengthy lecture on the content base, and the students are not busy with comprehending the material, hurrying to take notes and feeling clueless or confused all at the same time. The beauty of flipped teaching is that both the teacher and the students are prepared to take learning to the next level. When the class meets,
- They can discuss challenging topics and try to solve difficult problems.
- They can compare similar/contrasting concepts for a more holistic understanding.
- The instructor can share insightful ideas on the material.
To be effective, the majority of the class time should probably be conducted via student activities, group discussions or other active learning strategies, which means the instructors do need to develop (or continue to sharpen) their skills in this area. However, even for someone who is more comfortable giving lectures, he/she would immediately appreciate having more time talking deeper to a more prepared audience.
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Dr. Ben Weng