Benefits of the flipped classroom

  • Flexibility – your learners have control of the content. They can watch, read or listen to the material wherever they have access to the appropriate tools (e.g. a computer, a smart phone or a tablet). They can view it as often as they like, with full control over when they can pause it or rewind it.

  • Emphasis and clarity – video contains audio-visual cues crucial to understanding, such as expression, intonation, movement. Suitable use of formatting styles and structure in PDF resources can also be useful to help learners.

  • Staff contact – video and audio content help learners connect with the tutor. This should never be downplayed. For remote learners in particular, actually seeing the tutor gives a sense of belonging.

  • Accessibility – transcripts and captions can be made available to all.

  • Sustainability – By using this material for the delivery of core material, the tutor’s time is freed up in subsequent years to allow more time for engaging with learners.

  • Geographic ubiquity - By using pre-prepared content as part of the delivery not only can students engage with the material at their own pace, they can also engage with it from a distance. This is especially important in a distributed institution and it ensures that all learners will experience the core teaching material in the same manner.


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Active learning

A learner-centred model of learning that utilises activities in class sessions to enhance learning.


The theory and practice of teaching adult learners - see pedagogy.


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Asynchronous Learning.

Learning that uses methods or technology that enables the exchange of information outwith the boundaries of time and space. Used when working across time zones or where people are unlikely to all be available at the same time. Discussion boards and email are examples of tools that can be utilised.


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The group of people that the learning has been designed to teach.

Audio lecture

A recording of either a live lecture or a scripted lecture that is then distributed online for learners to listen to.

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