The Flipped Classroom

A flipped classroom changes the tradition teaching methods by integrating online teachings techniques (Barseghian, 2011). Instead of the normal class teachings, teachers prepare lessons, which students view online while the normal classes are for discussions on the various concepts and further illustrations. Students get a chance to watch the lessons at home on their own time and in their own pace. Flipped classes allow students to discuss and interacts the online lessons with the teachers as well as fellow students, when in class, the students discusses among themselves the concepts offered in the lessons with the teacher acting as the instructor. Flipped classes eliminate the need for homework, as students discuss the assignment in class with their teachers.

The concept of flipped classes started in 2007 when two teachers in Woodland Park High, Jonathan Bergman, and Aaron Sams came across software that records power point presentations. They used this software to record their live class lectures and posted them online for students who missed their classes. This concept caught the eye of administrators and they requested them to teach other teachers nationally. From that humble beginning, the concept spread across many high schools.

Advantages of the flipped classroom

Flipped classroom allows students to learn at their own pace. Some students are slow learners while others are fast learners flipping classes enable students to learn without pressure of the learning environment. Teachers also have more time on their hand to explain and discuss concepts with students during normal classes instead of normal lessons. They also do not have to spend time updating students who missed classes as they can learn the lessons online. Online classes are helpful even to students who do not attend the same classes. Even teachers can use this forum to interact with other teachers and share their knowledge and experience; therefore, they can advance education (Wright, 2011).

Flipping of classes opens an avenue for more and better class schedules than traditional classes (Wright, 2011). Students can take two classes at the same time by flipping one of the classes. They can learn the lessons online and use the class time to discuss the other lesson. The internet offers reading and reference materials just like a normal class. Teachers can also direct students to relevant sites that offer various support materials for the lessons.

By flipping classes, teachers can turn normal lessons to online courses (Wright, 2011). Flipping classes allows students to chart online with fellow students and their teachers. This interactive channel allows students to respond to other students online while expressing their views and sharing ideas.

It is useful for students who do not have time for actual classes. Some students may have conflicting classes or may be late for their classes. The flipped classes allow them to read online just as if they were in normal classes. Some students may also want to take some lessons in classes outside what their schools offers, flipping of classes offers them a chance to take those classes without compromising their lessons. These way students can advance their knowledge in different avenues without compromising their normal school work.

Offering online classes eliminate the need for textbooks. Students can search all the reading materials they need from the internet. Textbooks are expensive, and parents require buying new ones every other year. Online classes allow students to assess online reading materials cheaply and conveniently. Students also do not have to carry heavy luggage of books to classes dairy as they can assess all materials they need from the internet.


Barseghian, T. (2011, Sep 8). The flipped Classroom Defined. Retrieved October 19, 2011

Wright, L. (2011). Should Schools “flip” out? – The Advantages. Retrieved October 19, 2011

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6 thoughts on “The Flipped Classroom

  1. I would be curious of the research regarding the disadvantages of a flipped classroom. I think one of the disadvantages of online learning for young people is the social disconnect that is created when students are isolated in their homes instead of the classroom. I also would like to see the research on motivation. What is the motivation for the student with online learning? It seems to me like the student is really disadvantaged by doing this.

    • Please do allow me to clarify the “flipped classroom.” This type of learning environment is NOT exclusively online. In the flipped classroom the lessons are presented via video or another similar source in order for the students to come to the classroom prepared with the lesson in order for them to have more time with in class activities and teacher engagement on any particular topic. The flipped classroom students still report to a classroom on a daily basis and hence do have the ability to socialize with their peers.

      Thank you for your comment.

  2. Is flipped classroom the same as Plato?
    I love this classroom because, is the kind of classroom for most of our today students. The today student like flexibility, wants to do things on their own pace. It is also good for students who don’t do well in structured environment. I think it will benefit homebound
    students too. I really like to be a student in this setting because I don’t have to do home work.
    On the other hand, as a teacher, I fear for my job. If all classrooms are turn into this kind of setting due to the improvement in the technology, then, there may not be the need of many teachers.

    • Plato is an online service provider of credit recovery services however this is not the case with the “flipped classroom.” In the “flipped classroom,” students view material online perhaps at home and then come to the “traditional classroom” prepared for in class discussions, assignment, and most of all more teacher/student engagement. The “flipped classroom” did not evolve to replace the teacher, however, it was developed to enhance the traditional classroom with more teacher/student interaction hence more class time will be used for authentic learning. The “flipped classroom” is indeed a prime example of blended learning.

  3. As I understand what you have noted here, the flipped classroom appears to be a blended learning method of presentation whereby the delivery of the material is in an online format. Next the students become responsible for the material by creating a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) and has a student-centered experience. Finally, in the physical classroom, evaluation and assessment of comprehension for understanding and extended thought process takes place. This reminds me of “Read Chapter 12 and be prepared to discuss the questions at the end in class tomorrow” except Chapter 12 happens to be online and perhaps presented in a variety of formats other than reading a text.
    In his blog, David Truss offers 3 keys to a flipped classroom:
    • Homework: It is sometimes a challenge. A single strategy does not meet the needs of all students.
    • Lesson Quality: Determining depth and breadth of material.
    • Production Quality: Model production quality.

    Truss, D. Reflections on education, technology and oearning [Web log message]. Retrieved from

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