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Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Incorporating Active Learning by Flipping the Classroom

Friday, January 10, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Regency Room, Holmes Student Center

by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center Staff
Northern Illinois University


Student raising hand

One common approach to teaching is to deliver content in class and then require students to complete homework assignments, papers, projects, etc., on their own outside the class. But what if that were not the case? What if class time could be used for problem solving, discussion, experimentation, and other active learning activities that engage students more?  Often, there simply is not enough time to accomplish this in a traditional course, but there are some solutions to explore this approach.

One method is Flipping the Classroom, which is gaining popularity in college classrooms. In this method, in-class lectures are replaced with videos, tutorials, or simulations that students view, interact with, and complete on their own before coming to class. Then during class time, students are actively engaged with each other in solving problems, discussing, applying theory, collaborating in teams, innovating, etc. It is possible to flip an entire course or just a single lesson, so flipping the classroom can be a small project or a full transformation depending on course or curricular needs.

In this workshop, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will share what the flipped classroom is, how it can impact student learning, and how faculty can implement it to transform their courses. This interactive workshop focuses on engaging with other participants (and not a computer) so that participants can work collaboratively to develop a plan for flipping at least one lesson in a course.

Register for the afternoon session to learn about how to find, use, and make Open Education Resources that can make it easier to get started with the flipped classroom approach!

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am
8:55 am
Welcome and introductions
9:00 am
Introduction to flipping the classroom and benefits for learning
10:30 am
10:45 am
How to flip the classroom (Note: focused on design and planning - worksheet for designing a flipped lesson & technology (tie into afternoon on resources))
12:00 pm
Conclusion and workshop evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This workshop is for NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS & Civil Service teaching staff only. Registered participants will receive workshop materials and a certificate of participation. Please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire morning.

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2013. Registration is now closed.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by Monday, January 6, 2014 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend or program costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 07/16/2014