University of Nebraska Medical Center

7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Learning

Here are the short answers to common questions about flipped learning:

1. What is it?
Flipped learning is a pedagogical model in which the typical “lecture” and “homework” elements are reversed.

2. How does it work?
It is commonly known as having prerecorded “lectures” and other materials available online followed by in-class applied learning exercises.

3. Who is doing it? 
A growing number of health science educators are using flipped (or blended) learning approaches.

4. Why is it significant?
Devoting class time to application of concepts provides instructors with better opportunities to detect and correct errors in thinking.

5. What are the downsides?
An effective flipped classroom requires careful preparation.

6. Where is it going?
New tools are emerging that help support out-of-classroom teaching and learning.

7. What are the implications for teaching and learning? 
The flipped model gives students more flexibility, responsibility, direction, and ownership in the learning processes.


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