The Flipped Classroom: Rethinking the Traditional Way of Learning

Next to classroom training, live online training and e-learning, we recently introduced a new training format: the flipped classroom. But what is a flipped classroom, and what are the advantages in comparison with other training formats?

What is a flipped classroom training?

The flipped classroom training is a training course in which the traditional ideas about classroom activities are ‘flipped’. This means that events that traditionally take place in the classroom, now take place outside the classroom, and vice versa.

Students will be asked to read and study the course material in advance. The classroom training will then mainly focus on processing the course material, and applying key concepts by doing hands-on exercises and labs. There is a trainer available to support students and answer questions.

Source: Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Texas at Austin

This process is the opposite of the activities that usually take place within the classroom, hence the name ‘flipped’.

Benefits of flipped classroom training courses

  • Students have greater control over their learning. During class time, they can ask the instructor for clarification on the topics they are having difficulties with, rather than having to listen to the instructor explain subjects they already have a good understanding of.
  • Students have room to explore the concepts introduced to them by making hands-on exercises during the classroom training. They can do this in their own way and at their own pace, with a trainer available to support them whenever needed.
  • Flipped learning allows for a more personalised learning experience, because students have the possibility to learn at their own pace. Students can pause or rewind videos, re-read the course material and retake tutorials on their own time. This makes flipped learning highly efficient.
  • As opposed to traditional classroom training, the instructor can make time to work one-on-one with each student. This allows the instructor to focus on the material they most need support with.
  • Students have more time to collaborate. The classroom training focuses on applying key concepts by making exercises and labs, but this does not always have to be on an individual basis. Collaborating with other students is a great way to learn, and helps build team working skills.

We believe that a lot of students will benefit from this training format. We only have a couple of training courses available in this format at the moment, but we’re looking to expand this offer in the future. Let us know what you think about this new training format!

The Campus, Charlotte Van Rompaey 19 November, 2020
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