Flipped Classrooms – Moving away from traditional learning environments

Let’s use video to reinvent education – Salman Khan, Khan AcadFlipped Classroomemy

We have grown up in environments where a teacher delivered lecture in the class and gave homework, without knowing whether the kids have understood enough to take up the difficult home assignments.

Problem with such environments is that they don’t consider the learning capabilities of each student. However, each student has different learning¬†abilities¬†and the pace at which a student learns is different than others in the class. So, to create level learning fields educators around the globe has been experimenting with “Flipped Classrooms“.

Flipped classrooms is the use of technology to leverage learning in classroom in a way, that instead of lecturing, a teacher spends more time interacting with students and helping them with their queries. This method of teaching was first used in 2007 and has been very popular with educators in the US, backed by substantial research proving it’s benefits.

There are various flavors of flipped classrooms, however the most common being use of recorded video lectures. Theory is delivered as part of video lecture, which the student is supposed to watch before he comes to the class. During the class, teacher ensures that the concepts shared in the video lecture are well understood and facilitates further discussions on problems (which otherwise would have been a homework activity).

The role of the teacher in a flipped classroom changes from a lecturer to a guide by the side of every student. Students on the other hand love to attend and participate in such classrooms rather than the ones with boring and monotonous lectures.

With traditional methods (one size fits all) of education delivering poor results, a widespread use of such methods is called for in all forms of education.