A flipped classroom is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teachers offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing. This is also known as backwards classroom’, flipped classroom, reverse teaching.”

Traditional vs flipped teaching

The traditional pattern of teaching has been to assign students to read textbooks and work on problem sets outside school, while listening to lectures and taking tests in class.

In flip teaching, the students first study the topic by themselves, typically using video lessons prepared by the teacher or third parties. In class students apply the knowledge by solving problems and doing practical work. The teacher tutors the students when they become stuck, rather than imparting the initial lesson in person. Complementary techniques include differentiated instruction and project-based learning.

Flipping also changes the allocation of teacher time. Traditionally, the teacher engages with the students who ask questions — but those who don’t ask tend to need the most attention. “We refer to ‘silent failers,’ ” said one teacher, claiming that flipping allows her to target those who need the most help rather than the most confident. Flipping changes teachers from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side”, allowing them to work with individuals or groups of students throughout the session.

Flipped Classroom model in Corporate Training

In corporate training you first try to make the training sessions more engaging and less tedious. The social activity aspect will encourage team work, diversification and a social mindset which a business needs in order to grow and succeed.
Along with these, it also builds experience through realistic exercises, building more on the “learn by doing and experience” concept which has proven far more proficient.

Along with these, this sort of model is more flexible as well, which works more with busy professionals in a corporate training environment. If physical interaction is unneeded, educational technologies, cooperative data systems and communications technologies can be coordinated together to set up this model over the internet, where location means far less.

Coupled with the ease of implementing gamification, the flipped classroom model is a good stopgap for bringing the corporate training concept into a new age, and will serve to help wear away at old roles and preconceptions about how education should work. There are far bigger changes on the horizon, but this model is a good way of easing into giving up a lot of old ways of thinking that this will require.

sources: wikipedia, training stationelearning infographics

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