Activating education

Flipped learning has been around as a concept in one form or another for the best part of two decades. Nial Anderson asks whether the adoption of the pedagogy could mean good things for integrators.

The flipped learning approach is simple; students learn material at home and apply their knowledge in class. This is an about-face to traditional teaching methods where teachers impart their knowledge during lessons while students, in a non-interactive setting, apply what they have learned, on their own, later on.

Proponents say that this approach makes the most of teachers' expertise so that they are not just passively giving speeches but are involved in an interactive process to make sure their students have properly grasped the subjects they are studying. It is also said that students are more engaged and are given more control of their own learning through the use of the flipper classroom model.

Flipped learning is already popular in the United States. A joint study between lecture capture systems manufacturer Sonic Foundry and the Center for Digital Education last year found that half of the faculty at universities were using the flipped classroom or had plans to implement it in the following 12 months. So what might these developments mean for system integrators and technology provision in the education sector, now that flipped learning is now making inroads eslewhere?

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