September 2020

With the unpredictable development of the pandemic, many educators and students are looking ahead and doing necessary adjustments to minimise disruptions to learning. Many institutes around the world have some years ago begun implementing the ‘Flipped Classroom’ approach to teaching. During this uncertain time, it may be worthwhile to look into this trend, which could be the future of education.

A Flipped Classroom is when students learn new materials at home through assigned tasks, such as watching a video, and then during class time interact with the instructor and fellow classmates based on these materials. This method often combines the use of technology and traditional face-to-face learning. The tasks completed at home are often recorded or prepared by the instructor specifically for this purpose. Classes focus on discussions, giving instructors an opportunity to assess students’ individual progress and give personalised feedback. With this method, students can learn at their own pace while fully utilising the presence of the instructor in the classroom as there is maximised time for two-way communication. 

Keeping Flexible

The Flipped Classroom approach offers quite a bit of flexibility compared to traditional methods. With students being able to access materials and learn on their own, school suspension would not severely impact learning progress because students are doing the same tasks regardless of the situation. When it comes to actual classes with teachers, these can both be done face-to-face or online. Students would be able to use this time to ask questions and attempt to apply their knowledge. 

Shifting Roles and Adjusting Mindsets 

The role of the instructor shifts in this situation, but is, if anything, even more important in a Flipped Classroom. Face-to-face teaching is highly demanding of teachers and it requires quality delivery to truly inspire students. A Flipped Classroom approach takes some of the pressure off of teachers. They no longer focus on teaching hard facts in the classroom, but do this by preparing the essential materials that students are required to study at home. During lesson time, their main role is to give individual feedback, support, guidance and comments. Teachers are able to put their efforts into students’ understanding and use of the material. They help students think critically and creatively and have a chance to cater to students of different abilities. Overall, this increases the efficiency and effectiveness of learning, and students are likely to find materials much more enjoyable and assimilable.

This approach in learning requires an adjustment in mindset, as it demands that students take responsibility for their own learning. Students should be encouraged to get into the habit of responding and participating in learning activities. They should be given the impression that online classes are just as important as physical classes, and that their participation and active involvement in it is nothing short of crucial. 

Eureka is committed towards supporting schools, teachers and students through changes in education and beyond. We are constantly working to provide new and innovative materials adaptable to shifting educational trends. We continue to work towards our unchanging mission of helping schools provide an enjoyable learning experience and allow students to reach their full potential.