To Scramble or to Flip: Revising the “Flipped” classroom

The “flipped” classroom concept has been the leading innovative approach to redesigning the classroom for more effective teaching and learning. Since then, many people, including Pamela E. Barnett, associate vice provost and director of the Teaching & Learning Center at Temple University, have questioned the actual value and effectiveness of “flipped” classroom structures. Barnett offers her own reinterpretation of the “flipped” classroom with the “scrambled” or “mixed” classroom.

This new concept of the “scrambled/mixed” classroom puts the lecture, activities, and assessment all in the online environment. These activities need to be finished by the student at home prior to the next class period. Doing this will allow the students to learn, study, and engage with the concepts, while giving the instructor assessment information on how well their students are learning, completing, and understanding the assignments.

While in the classroom the following day, the instructor will evaluate student learning and identify areas of their work that may have been difficult or misunderstood. Also, new concepts and ideas will be presented and students will have a chance to collaborate with each other to work out the new material while having the instructor present for assistance or guidance with difficult material when needed.


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