Video and the flipped classroom

Visual representation of the flipped classroom

In 2011, Salman Khan the founder of the Khan Academy gave a Ted Talk on the potential of video to revolutionise education. One of the points he focused on was the possibility of using video as part of a flipped classroom. In Khan’s model video content would be used to allow students to engage with and digest teaching content in their own time. This would take place prior to attending a class or coming together with fellow learnings and the time that would normally have been spent in class would now be used to take part in activities or discussion relevant to the learning.

The flipped learning model requires a shift from an instructor-centred approach to a learner-centred approach and provides a flexible approach allowing students to learn at their own pace and in their own time. This shift has the potential to create a more dynamic class environment that can be used to explore ideas and topics in greater depth.

Definition of flipped learning:

“Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.”

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