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Why is flipped learning so popular in schools?

14/09/16

Flipped learning requires students to engage with instructional content outside the classroom, before undertaking corresponding tasks in school hours, with the teacher on hand.

With the global flip classrooms market (those companies that are providing technology to enable flipped-learning) predicted to grow by 37% in the next four years, clearly teachers are catching on to the immense potential of this teaching model.

The benefits of flipped learning

Increased engagement

A recent study found that 75% of teachers surveyed witnessed greater student engagement after implementing flipped learning; and with engagement an essential part of learning, this can only be a good thing.

Of course, it’s easy for critics to argue that keeping students engaged is made harder by asking them to learn, on their own, at home. But the flipped model isn’t just about watching pre-recorded videos and learning online; it’s about making classrooms more active. To reap the benefits of the flipped model what happens in the classroom is crucial, and teachers must devise tasks and projects that encourage student participation and foster discussion.

More personalised learning

Flipped learning provides increased flexibility, with students able to access learning material at a time that best suits their individual needs. But it’s not just about learning in their own time – pupils can also learn in their own spaces.

Workplace productivity has been directly linked to office design, with improvements in comfort and access to suitable spaces having a direct impact on employee performance and satisfaction. Why should pupils be any different?

Support when pupils need it most

With flipped learning, teachers are on hand to answer any questions pupils may have when completing tasks that were traditionally thought of as homework – when they’re actually implementing learning. There’s a lot to be said for providing students with teaching support at the time they require it the most.

Reduce the time needed for homework

For some pupils, getting “stuck” with their homework can be frustrating, and take up far more time than is necessary. This can cause students to become angry and disengaged. With flipped learning, students can watch a lesson and save any questions for the classroom, easing the workload burden and, again, ensuring that help and support is available exactly when it’s needed.

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