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Teaching Tip: Flipping the Classroom

The concept of the “flipped classroom” is simple: deliver prerecorded lectures online outside of class, where students can pause, rewind, and re-watch, and do more homework-like activities in class instead.

Fordham teacher, Matthew Schottenfeld, has been giving the flipped classroom a try this semester. Here’s a four-minute video he put together about it for us, including a few bits of advice.

Research suggests that the more active the student is (engaging with the materials and practicing the skills while receiving feedback about his or her performance and progress) the better the learning. Even the best lectures are a relatively passive experience for students. A flipped classroom seems to play to our strengths.

Putting lectures online and designing more in-class activities takes time. Mat’s advice is solid and repeated by many others: start small, with a handful of class meetings at most.

Flipping might be more suited to some courses and to some faculty than to others. Some of us may have been flipping for a long time, perhaps decades. We’d love to hear what you think and whether you’re flipping your classroom already. We’re here to help out if you decide you want to try it. Drop us a line at

Useful links:

  1. Educause’s “7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms” (2-page pdf)
  2. A video introducing flipping from Penn State:
  3. An extensive—and we mean extensive—discussion of flipping at the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Forums,87686.0.html

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