Defining Flipped Learning

If you are a regular reader of educational technology blogs and publications, you've likely read quite a bit about flipped classrooms and flipped learning. However, there are some common misconceptions and myths about the movement.
Recently, the Flipped Learning Network (FLN) shared a formalized definition about what exactly "Flipped Learning" is:
Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.
In their announcement about the definition, FLN also share that the terms “Flipped Classroom” and “Flipped Learning” are not synonymous. Just because a classroom is flipped, doesn't automatically mean that the learning is.
According to FLN, for true "Flipped Learning" to be realized four pillars must be incorporated into instruction:
Flexible Environment
Educators can create flexible spaces in which students choose when and where they learn. Furthermore, educators who flip their classes are flexible in their expectations of student timelines for learning and in their assessments of student learning.

Learning Culture
The Flipped Learning model deliberately shifts instruction to a learner-centered approach where class time is dedicated to exploring topics in greater depth and creating rich learning opportunities. Students are actively involved in knowledge construction as they participate in and evaluate their learning in a manner that is personally meaningful.

Intentional Content
Educators continually think about how they can use the Flipped Learning model to help students develop conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Educators use Intentional Content to maximize class time in order to adopt methods of student-centered, active learning strategies.

Professional Educator
Professional Educators continually observe their students, providing them with feedback relevant in the moment and assessing their work. Professional Educators are reflective in their practice, connect with each other to improve their instruction, accept constructive criticism and tolerate controlled chaos in their classrooms.
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