We have received our first question for our feature “Ask IDT”! I’m so excited. For those of you who have not heard about our new column, have a look here for more information.
Question: “What is a ‘flipped’ classroom and how does it differ from a regular course?”
Answer: The Instructional Design and Technology office deals with several “kinds” of course instructional models including online, hybrid, and flipped courses. Categorizing a course boils down to how the content is delivered and the amount of seat time the course has:
- Online courses deliver all their content online and have no required seat time or on-campus visits. Everything, including testing, must be offered online or in some other way that allows students to avoid coming to campus.
- Hybrid courses deliver a great deal of content online and have reduced seat time and/or limited required campus visits.
- Flipped courses deliver some to all of the course content online but have no seat time reduction. Seat time is used for interaction, case studies, complex problem solving, and other highly interactive work.
The flipped class model can be very successful for both faculty and students. Setting up a flipped classroom is a lot of up-front work, but those professors who create durable learning objects are able to reuse most or all of their digital content for many semesters, and that helps to reduce the overall workload. Running a flipped class can be extremely satisfying, and if you are interested in giving it a try, give IDT a call or drop us a line and we will help you: IDT@wichita.edu.