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Flipping Your Classroom Upside Down

Pioneered in 2007, the flipped classroom model brings a new approach to the traditional learning environment. It allows educators to break away from the "one-size-fits-all" teaching model and gives students the one-on-one time they need instead. In a flipped classroom, the instructor moves off the podium and engages individual students directly. Lectures occur outside of classroom time – and homework and group projects occur in class instead. The premise is that engaged students retain more information and experience better educational performance.

What is a "Flipped" Classroom?

In the traditional learning model, the teacher declaims knowledge from the front of the class. Information is provided in the classroom and enrichment occurs at home. Learning how to harness the flipped classroom completely switches out that model. Instead, students listen to lectures at home and do the enrichment in class. Instructors record lectures, PowerPoints and multimedia presentations for students to watch at home. Then, the class addresses questions about the material and pursues hands-on activities that demonstrate their knowledge of the lecture material. This model allows the teacher to walk through the class, helping where needed, transforming from "sage," to "guide."

Can the Classroom Flip Across the Digital Divide?

As part of Saint Joseph's University’s Master of Science in Instructional Technology, educators learn how to integrate state-of-the-art technologies into a more interactive classroom environment. What happens when students do not have Internet access? Lack of accessibility is certainly an issue in a technology dependent classroom model, but in America, Internet connectivity has moved into 80 percent of homes and is growing. Mobile access, iPads, Tablet PCs, Desktops, Laptops, Playstation 3s, Xbox 360s and many other devices offer the needed compatibility to make the flipped classroom model work. Even when Internet connectivity is not available at home, most schools and public libraries offer access. All of these hardware options allow students to access lecturers online, and with an education on how to create accessible learning materials, instructors can produce a wide array of content.

Using the Flipped Classroom for Career Advancement

The flipped classroom model more closely resembles the way businesses operate. With a Master’s in Instructional Technology, graduates prepare to enter the workforce in a variety of different career paths, including:

  • Director of Academic Technology Services
  • Director of Information Technology
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Media Specialist
  • Technology Integration Specialist
  • Instructional Designer

These careers have applications in both the world of academia and in the business world. Learning how to integrate technology with the best results allows businesses to make productivity gains, academic institutions to graduate more students and non-profits to more effectively spread their message.

Master the Flipped Classroom with a Master's in Instructional Technology

Saint Joseph's University offers a highly respected program focusing on the benefits and application of technology in the classroom. Graduates can earn a Master’s degree or obtain the stand-alone Instructional Technology Specialist Certification. This credential can be used as a pathway to educational certification in many states through reciprocity.

Contact us today to discuss enrollment options. Stay in your current teaching role as you learn how to improve student outcomes.

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