Flipped classrooms— old or new?

Posted on January 18th, 2014

Marilla Svinicki at the University of Texas at Austin explores the flipped classroom model and argues that although it is not really a new technique, the quality of work students can do outside of class has been greatly enhanced through technology making the flipped classroom much more effective. According to Svinicki, a benefit of the flipped class design is that instructor expertise is better used in a flipped class because they are “capable of adapting to student misunderstandings or misconceptions and creating spontaneous examples that help illuminate a concept. The instructor’s depth of knowledge also helps identify common problems in understanding, which can be addressed in activities and questions during class.”