Flipping the classroom

What is it?

The flipped classroom “flips” classes that are traditionally taught with a lecture first, followed by students studying the material. The flipped classroom uses in-class time with students to explore and expand on the course content they were exposed to before class, instead relying on lectures for learning.

In the flipped classroom:

  • students’ first exposure to the basic course content takes place before class
  • student preparation before class counts towards the course grade and helps the instructor assess student understanding
  • in class, students actively apply the course content

Examples of flipping the classroom at Duke

At Duke, many courses expect students to come to class prepared to work with professors on complex problems. For lieber classexample, in the Focus program, small groups of first year students take related courses to address complex ideas and problems from interdisciplinary approaches.

  • Dr. Len White, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, uses team-based learning to flip his class. Here he describes the spread of team-based learning at Duke.

Several CIT fellowships have helped faculty flip their class.




Flipped classroom techniques

Here are some evidence-based structures for flipping a class:

 Learn more about flipping the classroom

For more discussion, see Vanderbilt Center for Teaching site on Flipping the classroom.


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