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What Is the Flipped Classroom Method & How Is it Affecting Education?

Dr. Manoranjan P. Ram
Dec 11, 2018

Throughout the world, students are still subject to an outdated and bygone education system that has been in place since the Victorian era. In this traditional system of imparting knowledge and education, the teacher is the “mediator” between a world of enlightenment and unsuspecting students having little or no knowledge about the subject under question. What this entails is a dependence on the physical mentor to resolve doubts on the subject, who has, at the same time, the greater responsibility of ensuring discipline and being expected to have a thorough grasp over their area of expertise.

Over the years, modern teaching methods came to involve methods that encouraged class participation through quizzes, case studies, role plays and the like. However, the control had always been in the hand of the trainer.

With the technological innovations of the 21st century, however, faculties across the globe have begun to recognize the flaws in the system in place among the vast majority of institutions. New methods of teaching and learning have emerged, taking the focus away from the instructor and making class lessons more “student-oriented”.

These methods are now placing the learning responsibility on the students and are encouraging them to interact to succeed in the program. The orthodox one-way classroom interactions have now given way to customizable digital learning. 

What results is a perfect amalgamation of the old and new teaching methods, with both in-person class lessons and online resources. However, as businesses have become more and more global, their learning and development requirements are also expected to witness a significant increase.

How Digital Technology Has Paved Way for Future Learning

Technology can bring you in contact with the the knowledge powerhouses and sources with the help of virtual technologies that can facilitate a learning environment that can be enlightening and immersive for the learners at the same time. The advent of cutting-edge technologies such as holograms, social media, gamification and mobile learning have ensured newer ways of absorbing knowledge. 

The Flipped Classroom

The Flipped Classroom is an e-learning methodology where technology has been used to turn the traditional role of the mentor and the receiver on its head. Instead of having physical lectures entailing notes taking and first-person communication, the approach entails the utilization of recorded (at time Live) lectures which students can attend and listen to at home before their classroom session.

The role of the teacher in such an “arrangement” is limited to being a coach, a guide or a facilitator in an inclusive LMS leaning environment. With a dynamic growth of online content being available easily at our fingertips, collaboration and distribution tools such as YouTube and Vimeo have provided the opportunity of making learning videos accessible to students in Flipped Classrooms.

Benefits of the Flipped Classroom

Learning at Desired Pace: Students need to balance their time between listening to their teacher and making notes in a regular, tried-and-tested classroom method where a lot of important information can get filtered. With a Flipped Learning system, students can access video lessons at home, pause and re-watch when things are not clear, and create notes accordingly.

Getting Personalized Attention: The time taken to understand a certain lesson can vary from student to student. The Flipped Classroom model provides an opportunity for teachers to work closely with all their students to deal with their individual needs. It also gives creates an interactive learning environment where students can interrupt anytime to ask questions or seek additional help from classroom facilitators.

Keeping Students Engaged: A study undertaken by a famous author once revealed that visual senses contribute to 90% of all learning. Visual and audio aids, in collaboration with textbook knowledge in an educational setup, can help students grasp and understand the content better and memorize it more effectively.

More productive interactions: Under the Flipped Classroom model, the training source understands where the students stand in terms of their knowledge, thus not wasting any time in the basics of translations or the starting point of the subject. The flow of teaching is simple and smooth, leaving no scope for dedicating efforts to disciplining them. The teacher may interject at any time, though, and work where the digitized methods do not follow through completely. Ultimately, it’s all about coordination, for the two methods must be synchronized effectively for productive blended learning.

This blended form of learning harnesses the best elements of human teaching with the advantages of learning technologies. Training providers are thus able to scale up their resources to cope with the increasing learning needs of a globalised world. Amity University Online, one of Asia’s leading education groups has become a haven for offering effective blended learning tools such as webinars, the LMS model and offering help whenever need be in virtual lectures. As the flexibility of anytime, anywhere study is an important component of the Flipped Classroom method, the University promises thorough learning that can be applied in any methodology and operational work arenas.

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