According to FlippedLearning.org, Flipped Learning is defined as a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.
No worries, I won’t end the blog here in case you are scratching your head. Let’s break it apart so we can better understand the concept of flipped learning, shall we?
“F” stands for Flexible Environment: The instructor may rearrange the learning space in order to accommodate lessons that support a group or individual work. Flexibility is also applied to expectations of student timelines, as well as learning assessments.
“L” stands for Learning Culture: This shifts from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered approach. Students participate in construction and evaluation of knowledge in order to create a more meaningful experience.
“I” stands for Intentional Content: This aids the students in developing a conceptual understanding. Not only do they determine subject matter, but also what materials will be used for the lessons and teachings.
“P” stands for Professional Educator: It may sound like the teacher in this equation is taking a day off, but it is quite the opposite. Flip Learning calls for continual observation, feedback, assessment and more on the part of the teacher.
For the meeting planner this means shifting mindset from teacher to attendee. Here are some helpful hints for making the Flip happen:
- Think in questions, not solutions. Rather than providing points to be covered in the session, you will be asking questions. This will engage your participants in the process.
- Gain trust from the participants. Ask them what they want to learn, what topics should be discussed, and encourage them to come in with their ideas. Know that you will be sending them homework ahead of time; these are usually in the form of training videos, not cat videos.
- Plan for more downtime: Every minute should not be scheduled, instead make sure to include plenty of time for participants to focus, discuss, and play.
- Switch from attendee to learner. When you think of your attendees as “learners”, you will automatically shift the type of meeting space and agenda you create.
By bringing this new way of meeting, you and your “learners” will experience greater interaction, engagement, attention and a feeling of ownership. It will surely make your meetings much more memorable!
A special thank you to Missy Pietzwiak for the cat photo!