The Flipped Classroom

The flipped classroom approach is a way of learning which is quite different from the traditional way of learning. What is a flipped classroom exactly? And why should it be implemented? In this article, Inchainge discusses everything you need to know about the flipped classroom.

What is a flipped classroom?

The flipped classroom or flipping the classroom is a form of blended learning. Learners get to know content outside of the classroom, and then they apply what they have learned inside the classroom. This is the exact opposite of the commonly known practice of learners coming to class for the introduction of new content. After class, they apply what they have learned independently in their own time and place.

The history of the flipped classroom

In 1993 Alison King published the article “From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side”. In this article she focuses on the importance of the use of class time for the construction of meaning rather than information transmission. Perhaps King is not addressing the idea of flipping the classroom directly. However, her article is frequently regarded as starting the idea of using the classroom for active learning, instead of mainly instruction purposes. Many other publications by other authors and institutions followed since then.

The flipped classroom in practice

In practice of the flipped classroom model, instructors do a lot less lecturing in class. Learning content mainly takes place outside of the classroom. This can be done in a traditional sense by studying materials at home. However, in this day and age, learning content goes more and more online. This can consist of video, animation, infographics and more. Time in class or an online meeting is used to apply what was learned. Group discussions and problem-solving assignments make up a big part of flipping the classroom.

Benefits of the flipped classroom

There are various benefits attributed to flipping the classroom, which are listed below:

  1. Learners learn for and by themselves, and are therefore more engaged
  2. Improved quality of interaction amongst learners, and between instructor and learners
  3. Instructors need to rethink and reflect on how they instruct (e.g. less monologue, and more dialogue)
  4. Instructors cannot simply do things differently, but they also need to do different things (e.g. make learners present, debate, provide group exercises to them, etc.)

The risks of the flipped classroom approach

Although the flipped classroom approach can be an effective way of learning, it also involves some risks that should be taken into account:

  1. Learners need to be motivated
  2. Learners need to be self-starting
  3. Instructors and learners need a certain level of tech savviness

Business simulations and learning programs by Inchainge

The business simulations Inchainge develops and markets are all about application of what learners know, whether they have acquired that knowledge earlier on formally or tacitly. In that sense it has a lot in common with flipping the classroom.

When the simulations are used in a classroom setting, they are the focal point of group work and assignments. Instructors can easily add on interventions on a need-to-know basis. Exercises and interactive presentations can be easily added as well.

Want to know more?

You now know everything about flipping the classroom and how we use this in our business games. Our business simulations learning programs can be just as easily delivered completely online, going as far as that learners can decide their own pace. Their learning program can be supported by pre-recorded webinars, or by virtual instructor-led interventions. Do you want more information about our business games? Have a look at our website to read everything about our business simulation games.