1st Edition

Flipped Learning A Guide for Higher Education Faculty

By Robert Talbert Copyright 2017
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Flipped learning is an approach to the design and instruction of classes through which, with appropriate guidance, students gain their first exposure to new concepts and material prior to class, thus freeing up time during class for the activities where students typically need the most help, such as applications of the basic material and engaging in deeper discussions and creative work with it.While flipped learning has generated a great deal of excitement, given the evidence demonstrating its potential to transform students’ learning, engagement and metacognitive skills, there has up to now been no comprehensive guide to using this teaching approach in higher education.Robert Talbert, who has close to a decade’s experience using flipped learning for majors in his discipline, in general education courses, in large and small sections, as well as online courses – and is a frequent workshop presenter and speaker on the topic – offers faculty a practical, step-by-step, “how-to” to this powerful teaching method.He addresses readers who want to explore this approach to teaching, those who have recently embarked on it, as well as experienced practitioners, balancing an account of research on flipped learning and its theoretical bases, with course design concepts to guide them set up courses to use flipped learning effectively, tips and case studies of actual classes across various disciplines, and practical considerations such as obtaining buy-in from students, and getting students to do the pre-class activities.This book is for anyone seeking ways to get students to better learn the content of their course, take more responsibility for their work, become more self-regulated as learners, work harder and smarter during class time, and engage positively with course material. As a teaching method, flipped learning becomes demonstrably more powerful when adopted across departments. It is an idea that offers the promise of transforming teaching in higher education.

    Foreword by Jon Bergmann Preface Acknowledgments Part One. What Is Flipped Learning? 1. What Is Flipped Learning, and Why Use It? 2. The History and Theory of Flipped Learning 3. Models of Flipped Learning Part Two. Flipped Learning Design 4. Designing a Course Around Flipped Learning 5. Designing Flipped Learning Experiences, Part 1. Building the Framework for a Lesson 6. Designing Flipped Learning Experiences, Part 2. Designing Effective Activities Part Three. Teaching and Learning in a Flipped Learning Environment 7. Variations on a Theme 8. Living and Working With Flipped Learning Appendix. Glossary of Techniques and Tools References Index


    Robert Talbert is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University. Robert has experimented with and advocated for innovation in teaching and learning throughout his 25-year career in higher education. Primarily a classroom instructor, he has also served as Scholar-in-Residence at Steelcase, Inc., and held an appointment as Presidential Fellow for the Advancement of Learning in the GVSU President’s Office, where he coordinated large-scale initiatives on teaching innovation and built communities of practice around alternative grading. Robert lives in Allendale, Michigan with his wife, two teenage children, and three cats. He aspires to spend more time kayaking or playing bass guitar than in front of a computer.

    "The course design process, the tools and tips, and the excellent index make Flipped Learning worth a read.

    Technical Communications

    “Robert Talbert provides the ultimate guide to flipping the classroom — moving the information transfer out of the classroom and the thinking back in! Whether you are just considering revising your approach to teaching or already a seasoned ‘flipper’, this book is a must-have reference.”

    Eric Mazur

    Harvard University

    “Robert Talbert provides an insightful introduction to flipped learning and why it works, along with practical teaching strategies for instructors both new to and familiar with flipped learning. The book’s course design and lesson planning guides are clear and useful, and the examples from math and other disciplines provide a concrete vision of flipped learning in practice. I know I will keep this book handy during my summer course prep!”

    Derek Bruff, director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, and senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics

    “Robert Talbert’s Flipped Learning challenges us to think about this approach as much more than just putting videos online, diving into the real story of how and why flipping works. The models, examples, and detailed explanations presented in this book will inspire faculty to try flipping if they haven’t already, and for those who have, will show them how to make the approach work even better.”

    Michelle Miller, Director, First Year Learning Initiative and Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

    Northern Arizona University

    From the Foreword:

    “This book presents flipped learning in simple terms which will lead to greater adoption of flipped learning in universities around the globe. So if you are kicking the tires of flipped learning, stop what you are doing and read this book. After reading it, you will have a clear path to flip your classes."

    Jon Bergmann, Flipped Learning Pioneer and Founder of the Flipped Learning Global Initiative

    “Think you know what flipped learning is? Think again. I had to. It’s not about technology, recording your lectures, or physical classrooms. This is why you have to read Robert Talbert’s Flipped Learning. It’s the definitive book on the pedagogy, with a new and refreshing perspective. Talbert relates flipped learning to theories of motivation, cognitive load, and self-regulated learning and gives step-by-step directions for flipping your course, along with plenty of examples, answers to typical questions, and variations for hybrid and online courses.”

    Linda B. Nilson, Director Emeritus, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation

    Clemson University