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The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class

Rethink the design of your class

You can flip pancakes. You can flip burgers. How do you flip a class?

In a lecture-centered classroom, the instructor delivers content in class and then sends students home to complete homework. When you deliver informational content outside the classroom and then use class time to facilitate engagement and deeper learning—that’s a flipped classroom.

Flipping learning, however, is about more than pre-class lectures. Effective flips involve two key elements.

First, you need to structure lesson plans to shift focus from content delivery to student engagement.

In many learning environments, the instructor directs the energy toward his or her lecture. Planning typically starts with the question “What am I going to talk about?” In a flipped environment, this structure is reversed. The instructor directs the energy toward his or her students. Planning starts with the question “What do the students need to do?” This fundamental shift changes the whole dynamic of the learning environment.

Second, you need to use your classroom skills effectively to help students transform inert content into mastered material.

By flipping the focus of the learning environment from “teacher centered” to “learner centered,” you create an environment that engages students, enhances learning, and creates an exciting classroom atmosphere.

Moving from a lecture-based class to a flipped class requires a new set of skills. In order to do it well, you need to shift the way you design your class and implement your teaching strategies to ensure that the learning environment is successful.

The flip is more than just a fad. It’s reinvigorating learning (and teaching) in thousands of classrooms. Discover how The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class can help make learning more fun and more effective for everyone involved.

Topics Covered

This presentation will give you solid and practical guidance on the planning and skill-building required to successfully flip a classroom. You will:

  • Participate in a flipped learning experience modeled for you on video – including a discussion of what worked and what can be improved
  • Analyze each piece of a simplified lesson plan to recognize flippable moments
  • Discover ways to flip your existing lesson plan(s)
  • Identify the skills you need to develop to effectively manage the classroom part of the experience
  • Generate ways to engage students through effective questioning and discussion strategies
  • Receive a list of additional resources and articles to continue your professional development in designing effective learning environments

Learn From an Expert

Barbi Honeycutt, Ph.D., currently serves as the Director of Graduate Teaching Programs at North Carolina State University and as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education the College of Education at NC State. She created Flip It Consulting in 2011. She and her colleagues design and deliver programs to teach you how to flip your workshops, seminars, training sessions, classes, and meetings.

Who Should Watch this CD 

The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class is for any teachers who want practical guidance on how to flip their own classes.

  • New and experienced faculty
  • Advanced graduate students
  • Future faculty with teaching experience
  • Adjunct faculty and instructors
  • Faculty developers
  • Administrators in charge of faculty development


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