The advantage of the flipped classroom is that the content, often the theoretical/lecture-based component of the lesson, becomes more easily accessed and controlled by the learner. Cisco in a recent white paper, Video: How Interactivity and Rich Media Change Teaching and Learning, presents the benefits of video in the classroom:
Note to self… What is PHET? Keep finding references to it in the literature, is it one of those learn and assess as you go type tasks like, urrm… I’m sure I’ll remember shortly, I am on holiday after all
- Establishes dialogue and idea exchange between students, educators, and subject matter experts regardless of locations.
- Lectures become homework and class time is used for collaborative student work, experiential exercises, debate, and lab work.
- Extends access to scarce resources, such as specialized teachers and courses, to more students, allowing them to learn from the best sources and maintain access to challenging curriculum.
- Enables students to access courses at higher-level institutions, allowing them to progress at their own pace.
- Prepares students for a future as global citizens. Allows them to meet students and teachers from around the world to experience their culture, language, ideas, and shared experiences.
- Allows students with multiple learning styles and abilities to learn at their own pace and through traditional models.
Setting: These materials are used by the learners in their own setting on their own time. In other words, students have the opportunity to access and interact with these materials in a personalized manner. They can view them in a learning setting that works for them (music, lighting, furniture, time of day) and can view/review information that they find particularly interesting or do not understand. It is asynchronous learning and as such permits the learner to differentiate learning for him/herself.