What exactly are flipped classrooms and how can a flipped classroom training strategy increase training effectiveness? The idea of flipped classrooms dates back to the year 2007 when educators Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams decided to take an innovative approach to learning that was more individualized for their students. Since this time, the concept of flipped classrooms has caught on in corporate training environments. Essentially, flipped classrooms are a form of blended learning that combines interactive instructor training with online learning activities. Typically with a flipped classroom strategy your learners would watch training videos or participate in other forms of eLearning prior to participating in a classroom-type environment. The beauty of the flipped classroom as a training strategy is that it allows for instructors to actively engage with learners so that they can learn more effectively. The flipped classroom does not rely on live lectures, but on discussions, group work, collaboration, simulations, or any other type of true interactive scenario. The following examples provide some insight as to how an organization may benefit from incorporating a flipped classroom strategy.
Improving Learner Outcomes
Imagine if you will that you’ve posted an instructional video and test questions for your learners to view prior to attending your classroom session. You then run a statistical test question analysis report to identify the percentage of learners that answered questions on the test incorrectly. Knowing this information in advance you can then target your class discussions on the identified skills gap. Your learners receive personalized attention and are far more engaged while you effectively address any deficits. Furthermore, you’ll also benefit from having the opportunity to identify trends where perhaps your instructional materials could use more explanation or fine-tuning.
Increasing Experiential Learning Opportunities
When lecture-type presentations are removed from live training sessions there’s far more opportunity to create experiential learning activities where your learners can engage in hands-on learning such as role-playing, demonstrations, and simulations. Experiential learning is powerful when you’re looking to reinforce training content through a more contextual approach. Let’s say for example your organization is on-boarding several new sales representatives. Your new hires can take their online instruction to learn about your products and how to sell them in advance of their training class. During their live training session, your new hires can practice one-on-one role-playing with your sales manager. This approach offers your new hires an engaging and effective hands-on experience while being coached by a subject matter expert.
A flipped classroom strategy is just one of many great approaches to corporate training that your organization may want to consider. A flipped classroom offers engaging learning experiences and the opportunity for increased training effectiveness.
Susan Distasio | eLearning Industry Crusader | ePath Learning, Inc.
About the Author: Susan Distasio is an eLearning Industry Crusader focused on advocating for advancement and change in the eLearning and professional development industry. An avid seeker of knowledge and continuous improvement, Susan is happy to share her research, observations, and thoughts regarding “all things related to learning and development.” When she’s not out on the learning crusade, Susan can be found with the wind in her hair riding her Harley or simply enjoying life with her husband and her Siamese cat named Elvis, as well as with family and friends.