Not flipping out? Maybe it’s time.


Are you and your classmates yawning in the classroom? Are your instructors constantly calling certain students to attention? Maybe it’s time for RRC instructors to look into the concept of a flipped classroom.

The concept of flipped classrooms has been around for years, but it is growing in popularity now. Technology has crept into our lives and is here to stay. Why not use it to our advantage?

As Wylie Wong explains in his article, Colleges Go Proactive with Flipped Classrooms, “In a flipped classroom, professors don’t lecture in class. Students watch recordings of lectures online as homework. They learn the material on their own time, freeing up class time for collaborative activities, such as group projects and classroom discussions.” This is an excellent technique to encourage student participation in the classroom. It is especially valuable to us English language instructors at the Language Training Centre, where we want our international and immigrant students to use the language as much as possible.

Steve Kolowich, in his article, Exploding the Lecture, explores one way to implement this concept in the classroom. He mentions that even meticulous students can have trouble concentrating for more than 15 minutes. Recording the lectures in mini segments can help the students go at their own pace. The next day the students can be asked questions about the concepts covered in the previous night’s lectures. For the remainder of the class, the instructor can allow for class discussions and applying these concepts in case studies. This not only makes for a very lively classroom experience, but also permits us, as instructors, to address the higher order skills of Bloom’s Taxonomy – the application, the evaluation, and the creation.

The concept of a flipped classroom is a shift from the traditional teacher-led classroom and can be a challenge for both teacher and student. However, implemented effectively, it can definitely prove beneficial to students.

Submitted by Navnish Sidhu, Intensive English for International Students (IEIS) Instructor, RRC’s Language Training Centre

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