By now, many instructors in colleges and universities, as well as those specializing in continuing education and even grades K-12 are familiar with flipped classrooms. In a flipped classroom, lecture content is delivered through video, providing additional class time for activities, hands-on learning, discussion, one-on-one instruction and interaction. You may, more recently, have heard about micro-flipping. Micro-flipping uses short lectures, both in-and-out of the classroom setting, providing some of the benefits of a traditional classroom and some of the benefits of a flipped classroom. A micro-flipped class video will typically be five minutes or less in length.

The Benefits of the Micro-Flip

Micro-flipping works in both flipped and traditional classrooms, and can help to address some of the challenges found in each type of classroom. The time investment is minimal; instructors can create micro-flipped recordings in just a few minutes while sitting at their desks or even record them using mobile tools.

Micro-flipping in the Flipped Classroom

One of the primary criticisms of flipped classroom structures is that they simply don’t work if your students come to class unprepared. When the classroom is designed to function for students who have watched the lecture material ahead of time, and a large number of individuals aren’t doing so, they’re unlikely to be able to complete assignments, join in class discussions or effectively participate in group projects. This can also be an issue if the students have watched, but haven’t understood, the lecture material provided ahead of time. 

If you have access to a short, condensed version of lecture material, you can watch this during class time to review the material, provide students who failed to prepare with key information, and to trigger any questions students may have. This can make the flipped classroom function better for all students.

Micro-flipping in a Traditional Classroom

Micro-flipping can also offer benefits in a traditional classroom. In this case, the video made available before the class can act as a sort of preview for students of in-class content. This can encourage interest in the classroom lecture or provide additional thoughts or ideas related to classroom readings. Students who miss class can also rely upon micro-flipping to catch up before the next class, even if full lecture capture recordings are available.