“Flipping the classroom” means using class time differently than you would in the traditional mode of instruction — which is to say this: Why waste class time lecturing/presenting during class meeting times when you can ask students to listen to lectures via video outside of class, and then use class time for interaction with students, hands-on group activities, group problem solving, in-class writing, etc.? “Flipping the classroom” means flipping the usual mode of learning — instead of lecturing in class and assigning homework for outside of class, you flip it: lecture gets done outside, homework inside.
At Miami University we have been talking about this pedagogical approach as the “engaged learning” model. But well over ten years ago, my AIMS colleague Glenn Platt and his co-authors (Lage, Platt, & Treglia, 2000) coined the term “inverted classroom” to describe this mode of teaching and learning. It is by no means a new model, but it is taking on new meaning in the realm of online education. How do we apply the inverted or flipped classroom model in online instruction — particularly in my field, writing instruction?