The Flipped Classroom: Turning Learning Upside Down

Posted by on June 18, 2013

Let’s be honest, it’s tough for students to fight boredom in the classroom.  Maybe the subject matter is dry and uninteresting, or the sun is shining and they’d rather be outside instead of stuck in a classroom, or maybe the instructor does nothing but lecture and never interacts with the students.

In order to liven things up in the classroom, many educators, including the instructors at Minnesota School of Business-Rochester (MSB), are experimenting with the flipped classroom model. This model has grown in popularity over the last five years or so and has been receiving a lot of attention from educators who want to better engage their students in the classroom. 

So what is it and why is everyone talking about it?
flipped classroom

The flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching methods by delivering instruction online through the use of recorded videos outside of the class and moving homework into the classroom. Students watch lectures at home at their own pace and on their own schedule. In the classroom, instructors guide students through the concepts using activities and assignments that would normally be completed as homework.  

Dean of faculty and paralegal instructor, Sara Govrik, flipped her Legal Terminology classroom this past quarter and had tremendous success. “I’ve taught this class half a dozen times over the years and have always struggled to find a way to make the content more engaging. How can you make a lecture in which you’re defining terms more exciting?  The flipped classroom is the answer. This is the first time I have had students come to class each week understanding most of the terms. It allows me to spend time in the classroom showing them how the terms are actually used in the legal field, answering questions and reviewing for quizzes and exams.”

Learn more about this new teaching method and how it benefits students by calling 507-536-9500.

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