An article I recently read was on the topic of innovation in the classroom in higher education. I primarily focused on the discussion regarding “flipped classrooms” because this was a recent experience in one of my own seminars here at VT. I had never heard of the term before so I was interested to find out why we were doing it. It is a new model in higher education in which the students spend time discussing or presenting topic ideas and the professor acts more as a facilitator than an educator.
Often times in a seminar students are “spoken” at and not actively involved in the information that is presented. The flipped classroom model allows the students to process a complex problem or subject matter and then teach it back to their colleagues in a language that is interesting and one they understand.
I personally enjoyed my own flipped classroom experience so I’m happy to see this is an education model that is being explored in a more rigorous manner across the system as a whole.