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BENEFITS OF USING FLIPPED CLASSROOMS

  • Students grow from passive pupils to active learners mostly be engaging in problem solving activities. 
  • It encourages self-directed learning, were pupils get used to take initiative for their own learning and become more responsible for it. This is likely to promote motivation, persistency, independence and self-discipline.
  • Students learn to use their digital surroundings for learning purposes instead of only for social interaction or other leisure activities.
  • It allows different learning rhythms which can help make the course of the classroom more flexible and fluid.
  • It supports the conception of cross-curricula activities and the usage of innovative pedagogical techniques.
  • It increases both the student and the teachers’ computer literacy which can lead to many beneficial career outcomes.

SHORTCOMINGS OF USING FLIPPED CLASSRROMS

  • It can entail difficulties in measuring and quantifying the students’ learning progress which can complicate students’ assessment and the setting of new objectives for the students.
  • The flipped classrooms’ necessity to use technology does not contemplate a prevailing digital divide.
  • A relatively common reluctance from some professionals and authorities to use innovative educational approaches -and in particular flipped classrooms- still remains a burden to its development.
  • Preparing flipped classroom activities can be very time consuming for educators. Thus, trainings and other professional development activities should be develop in order to increase teachers’ capabilities. 
  • A lack of adaptability in regard to school equipment or to school curriculum can be a burden for implementing flipped classroom activities.

TIPS FOR THE USE OF FLIPPED CLASSROOMS.

  • It is essential to prepare any materials in advance. In particular, elaborating an instructional design and a pedagogical approach.
  • While there is a great variety in software and other academic resources, all materials should always be adapted to the context in which they will be used, taking in consideration a number of factors such as the students’ knowledge and age or the course curricula and time constrains. 
  • The educator’s external validation of students’ activities and guidance is crucial to control the students’ academic development. 
  • It is advisable to alternate flipped classroom activities with other more conventional methodologies.
  • Teachers must adapt to the use of new technologies in the classroom but should not relegate their role the students tutor.

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