The flipped classroom has grown in popularity in the education space over the past decade – and for very good reason. At Learnkit, we’ve helped a number of our clients transition to a flipped (also known as blended learning) model for their employee training programs. As a result, they’ve reported experiencing a higher return on their training investment and a significant decrease in employee ramp up time.
I’ve spent over 2 years developing engaging online learning for academic and corporate audiences, and the flipped classroom term is used frequently by my peers. However, it is still a new concept to many learning professionals in various industries. To help shed light on the benefits of the flipped classroom, I wanted to use this post to answer a few frequently asked questions about the model. I’ve broken down the concept by answering the top 4 most asked questions about the flipped classroom.
What is the Flipped Classroom?
The flipped classroom is physically a different model of learning from traditional classroom models. Learners and trainees aren’t forced to be in an in-person session and spoon fed everything that the trainer provides them. Instead, they are asked to view short elearning modules at home or on their own time, prior to time spent with an instructor in-person. This way they use the online modules to learn foundational concepts and lessons, and the time in-person as a workshop. In this model, the trainer becomes more of a facilitator of learning, rather than a “teacher”. Meaning that they actually guide the learner to reaching the learning outcome opposed to providing them with information that may or may not pertain to the subject or topic at hand.
The flipped classroom model draws from the concept of active learning, which increases student engagement. Allowing for time spent in person on hands-on activities is a crucial ingredient in the effectiveness of flipped classrooms. Providing time to practice the concepts they’ve learned online and apply their learning increases the learning results of training programs.
How Does the Flipped Classroom Work?
To create a flipped classroom model, a variety of short elearning modules are developed for learners to review prior to time spent in-person training. The elearning modules are the linchpin to the flipped classroom model success, as it serves as the source of all conversations and helps the facilitator guide the discussions and prompt questions. This style is also called, Problem Based Learning (PBL) and works very well for corporate training sessions.
At Learnkit, we’ve developed a proven pedagogical approach based on the PBL structure that we call Learncycles. Our Learncycle pedagogy improves learner engagement, retention, and application of knowledge by deploying lessons through a series of short, bite-sized pieces. Learncycles help optimize and support time employees spend learning in person.
Who is Using the Flipped Classroom?
While this approach to learning is being widely used at the Post-Secondary and higher education institutes (i.e colleges and universities), innovative organizations are quickly seeing the advantages of adopting a similar approach. We’ve helped many of our clients implement the model to reduce trainer travel costs, shorten on-the-job training, and improve product and role-specific knowledge.
What are the Advantages of a Flipped Classroom Model?
In a traditional learning environment, learners are often bombarded with information that they may not capture and comprehend all at once. It is sometimes a challenge for them to reflect on and retain everything that they have heard in that moment. The Flipped Classroom approach encourages active participation in the content and allows employees to learn at a pace they’re comfortable with, which leads to greater retention of new concepts and learning material.
With this approach, corporate training programs are able to see a magnitude of benefits. For one, a digital learning component allows for more tangible measurements and helps to align learning outcomes with business goals. Plus, as I mentioned, by incorporating elearning modules into staff training programs, corporate learning initiatives are able to reduce trainer travel costs, shorten on-the-job training, and improve product and role-specific knowledge through a more effective and efficient learning strategy. For more, see the top 10 advantages of elearning over instructor-led training.
Interested in learning more about how your organization can benefit from a flipped classroom model? Talk to us today and we will help you optimize your learning strategy by evaluating the possibilities of incorporating a digital approach.