In both k-12 and higher education classrooms around the country, teachers, faculty and administrators are talking about flipped classrooms. In a flipped classroom, the lecture portion of the class takes place outside of the classroom some or all of the time–it becomes homework. Class projects, discussions, and work are completed during class time, facilitating hands-on learning and interactions between students and instructors.
Why are so many teachers and professors embracing flipped classrooms? Here, you’ll learn more about the benefits of a flipped classroom. When you’re ready to record your first flipped lecture, click here.
Benefits of the Flipped Classroom for Students
Flipped classrooms benefit students of all ages in a number of ways, from very young children to college students. In a flipped classroom, students have easier access to help, and therefore, are less likely to experience frustration or to have unanswered questions. Flipping a classroom can more effectively meet the needs of different types of learners and students with special needs. Students can watch and re-watch a lecture capture for a flipped classroom if needed.
Student interaction and student-instructor interaction increase when there is more time available, and a flipped classroom facilitates deeper subject exploration. When students have more opportunities for hand-on learning and practical application, they are more likely to retain what is learned.
Benefits of the Flipped Classroom for Teachers
While the benefits to students may be obvious, instructors also benefit from flipped classrooms.Once a lecture capture for a flipped classroom is recorded, it can be used repeatedly. There’s no need to prepare and present the same lecture content over-and-over again.
Students arrive in class prepared and with a good understanding of the material, allowing instructors to focus on practical application and deeper understanding. In a flipped classroom, instructors can spend more time with students, meeting their individual needs. This can reduce stress for teachers, and help teachers connect more effectively with both students and parents.
Tools to Facilitate Flipping Classrooms
Flipped classrooms require access to lecture capture tools and video content management systems. Instructors need to be able to easily produce lecture capture for a flipped classroom session, and to make it accessible to their students via computer, tablet or mobile device.
As more and more k-12 schools embrace technology, many even issuing laptops to their students, flipped classrooms are likely to become more common. With the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform’s Software Capture application, teachers can record lectures using nothing more than their on-board webcam and an inexpensive headset microphone.
In a college or university, podium computers or hardware capture provide the opportunity for high quality recording of lecture content. This can be integrated into the organization’s existing LMS to help students access content in a familiar way.
Whether an instructor is using their own laptop computer for lecture capture or a podium computer, they can integrate Smart Boards, document cameras, and screen recording to produce a full-featured lecture capture for their students.