21st Century Learning

Traditional Vs Flipped Learning


Recently flipped learning has been gaining ground in the educational community. In this article, it is my intention to discuss some of the difference and between traditional teaching and flipped learning.

We all know how traditional classroom teaching happens. Teacher comes to class, blurts out the lectures, students take notes then go home and try to solve problems given as homework and this whole cycle repeats itself over and over again for various subjects.

Now let us look at how different it can be in a flipped learning model

The most important aspect to consider here is the teachers mindset to hand over control of the student learning to the students themselves. If you compare with the traditional model the student never had the opportunity to move up the blooms taxonomy towards higher order learning. But in the flipped learning model the student gets to explore the whole spectrum of blooms taxonomy which results in a more engaging and enriching experience for the student..

Below picture shows how effective the flipped learning model can be.

Adapting to the Way Today’s Students Learning

Educators must realize that today’s students are children of the most technology-stimulated time in history, which shortens attention spans and presents the challenge of communicating information in a way that quickly captures the learners’ attention. Even a ten-minute YouTube video is painful for most students to watch. In a traditional classroom, this same student is asked to sit through a 40-minute lecture, which leads to the student becoming disengaged because we are not teaching the way students learn.

The Real Goal

Simply stated, an educator’s real goal is to meet the individual needs of every learner, every hour of every day. Proper technology integration gives educators the ability to finally differentiate for every student, providing opportunities for self-paced (think teacher-paced or faster) and mastery-based learning, and opening access to course materials and learning activities that extend outside of the classroom walls and regular school hours.

Increasing Student Engagement

The word ‘engagement’ is often used when referring to students actively learning in a classroom. We actually believe there is a difference between ‘on-task’ and ‘engaged’behavior. There is not a problem with a classroom of students involved in on-task behavior: the framework created within this type of instruction creates an environment where ensuring that students are on-task is achievable. However, true engagement seems to be achieved when a student develops a desire to go beyond the required curriculum and becomes a self-directed learner who explores the curriculum more deeply, of their own initiative. One of the benefits of incorporating technology in a flipped, blended, or hybrid environment is that it provides the opportunities needed for students to become the engaged learners we hope to nurture in our classrooms.

About Ekin Knowledge

Ekin Knowledge is an innovative Edutech company in the space of personalized learning. edWhizz by Ekin is a personalized learning platform which enables teachers to deliver differentiated instructions and personalized assessments based on individual student needs.


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