I chose to read the article “10 Pros and Cons of a Flipped Classroom” by Mike Acedo to further my understanding of this practice for possible application in courses I present. Here’s the link to the article: http://www.teachthought.com/trends/10-pros-cons-flipped-classroom/.
Initial questions for me include: Does a flipped classroom work well for all students regardless of ethnicity, personality, or individual attributes? Does a flipped classroom work well for all courses? I’m currently presenting courses in Algebra and Trigonometry, Statistics for Geographic Information Systems, and Legal Survey. Last year I presented courses in Management (Supervision), Human Resource Management, Diversity and Workplace Culture, and Legal Surveys.
So far in my teaching career I’ve used a teacher-centered approach (lectures) to present course material. Virtually all courses I’ve taken as a student prior to CAE courses have been delivered by lectures. As an instructor or student I can recall way too many instances of Mike Acedo’s description of some students in a classroom – idly sitting, eyes glazed over, half listening. There must be a better way.
Of particular interest to me in Mr. Acedo’s five pros is the advantage of giving students more control over the timing and pace of their learning. Another point of interest that caught my attention over others was the ongoing availability of lecture material when students or the instructor miss scheduled class time due to interruptions such as illness, family events/emergencies, sports…).
Regarding the five cons, the biggest challenge may be achieving student buy-in to the flipped classroom in that success, in part, will require students to active participation in this approach; i.e., consciously watch the online-lectures prior to the class time where the focus will be on further understanding the material.
On balance, I think a flipped classroom should be seriously considered for greater education of students.