Since the COVID-19 pandemic and more recently the launch of ChatGPT, the adoption of flipped learning has accelerated in many learning environments and countries.
The pedagogical approach to this concept involves students learning new content or lecture style lessons at home, often through pre-recorded video lessons, and then coming together in class or workshops to share their knowledge with their peers. Students are more engaged and motivated and develop a deeper understanding when teachers flip their classes. This, in turn, develops their soft skills, collaboration, self-confidence, research skills, and presentation ability.
Classrooms in schools using this model are very different from the traditional setup. A flipped learning environment should be adaptable, dynamic, and accommodating to various activities in class. For example, flexible seating and moveable furniture empower students to think about how they work best. It encourages collaboration, group discussion, and movement within the classroom. Technology is another factor in using interactive whiteboards, projectors, or other digital devices to support learning. Other considerations include classroom walls to display visual aids such as diagrams and workstations for group and focused work.
The shift to this teaching pedagogy means educators need encouragement, support, and training to trial and experiment with flipped learning. The same also goes for students who may initially struggle with the concept. A classroom environment tailored and designed to this model will support and maximise this opportunity.
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