Flipped classroom: Faster skill-building for the workplace

For many, our classroom experience consisted of a set time when the instructor would lecture or demonstrate a new concept or idea.

For many, our classroom experience consisted of a set time when the instructor would lecture or demonstrate a new concept or idea.

Sometimes, you had to read beforehand, but the main instruction was a lecture and a presentation during class time.

Between classes, you did homework. If the topic was hands-on, you would spend that time practicing your new skill.

We are all familiar with this approach. Today, as our understanding of learning has evolved, our approach to instruction has progressed.

Combine this with the unique needs of learning in a business setting and you have an area that is ripe for innovation and implementation.

This originality takes various forms, and one that is especially useful is the flipped classroom.

According to educause.edu, in a flipped classroom, the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects or discussions.

In other words, what you normally would do in class, you would do at home. Work usually done at home would then be done in class.

This could be used in traditional learning situations such as history and English but also in more technologically advanced subjects such as math, electronics, robotics and advanced manufacturing.

It can be done for virtually any learner – schoolchildren, college students and adults.

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