The Flipped Class­room

When I hear the term flipped instruc­tion, my ini­tial thought is the Khan Acad­emy.  The Khan Acad­emy is a pop­u­lar flipped instruc­tion exam­ple with free Math, Science/Engineering, Com­put­ing, Arts/Humanities, Economics/Finance, Test Prep, and Col­lege Admis­sions videos avail­able for all learn­ers.  “In the flipped class­room model, what is nor­mally done in class and what is nor­mally done as home­work is switched or flipped” (Her­reid & Schiller, 2013, p. 62).  “Flip­ping” involves instruc­tors record­ing lec­tures and assign­ing the video lec­tures to be watched by stu­dents as out of class assign­ments.


The flipped class­room is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity in the K-12 envi­ron­ment and higher edu­ca­tion.  Recently, I read a jour­nal arti­cle about flip­ping instruc­tion within Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing, and Math (STEM) col­lege classes.  The jour­nal arti­cle:  Case stud­ies and the flipped class­room explained 13 dif­fer­ent ben­e­fits of a flipped class­room.

Kath­leen Ful­ton (2012) explained the numer­ous ben­e­fits of flipped instruc­tion. The top three ben­e­fits of flip­ping instruc­tion include:  “(1) stu­dents move at their own pace; (2) doing “home­work” in class gives teach­ers bet­ter insight into stu­dent dif­fi­cul­ties and learn­ing styles; (3) teach­ers can more eas­ily cus­tomize and update the cur­ricu­lum and pro­vide it to stu­dents 24/7” (Her­reid & Schiller, 2013, p. 62).

All dis­ci­plines (not just STEM classes) can ben­e­fit from flip­ping the class­room to pro­vide time in class for “hands-on” learn­ing and stu­dent focused active learn­ing activ­i­ties that pro­mote engage­ment and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Camp­bell has sev­eral resources that are suit­able for “flip­ping” your class­room.  Black­board Col­lab­o­rate and Tegrity are two tools.  Black­board Col­lab­o­rate is a web con­fer­enc­ing sys­tem where you can record lec­tures and record­ings will be con­ve­niently avail­able in your Black­board course.  In Black­board Col­lab­o­rate, you can also share pre­sen­ta­tion files such as Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tions and share your screen (func­tion only avail­able in the Google Chrome browser).  There is also a white­board fea­ture in Black­board Col­lab­o­rate to explain com­plex con­tent within the recorded lec­ture.

Tegrity is another resource for record­ing pre­sen­ta­tions and lec­tures. Within Tegrity, instruc­tors can upload a record­ing, upload a video file, upload an audio file, add an addi­tional con­tent file, and add addi­tional con­tent link (all under the course tasks tab in Tegrity).  Addi­tional help­ful fea­tures of Tegrity include the abil­ity to upload to YouTube if you want the video(s) pub­lic or the video(s) can stay in Tegrity with a secure log in for only your stu­dents.  To begin “flip­ping” your course start by read­ing: 7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Class­rooms and Five Time-Sav­ing Strate­gies for the Flipped Class­room.

Now…are you ready to “flip” for your students?

Ref­er­ences and Addi­tional Resources

B Hon­ey­cutt. (2016, July 11).  Five time-sav­ing strate­gies for the flipped class­room [Web log com­ment].  Retrieved from

EDUCAUSE Learn­ing Ini­tia­tive. (7). Things you should know about flipped class­rooms. EDUCAUSE Cre­ative Com­mons.

Ful­ton, K. (2012). Upside down and inside out: Flip your class­room to improve stu­dent learn­ing.  Learn­ing & Lead­ing with Tech­nol­ogy, 39 (8), 12–17.

Her­reid, C. F., & Schiller, N. A. (2013). Case stud­ies and the flipped class­room. Jour­nal of Col­lege Sci­ence Teach­ing, 42(5), 62–66.

Khan Acad­emy. (2016).  Retrieved from

We Are “Flip­ping” For Flipped Instruc­tion

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