What Is A Flipped Classroom?

Flipped classrooms are becoming more and more common, both for in-person classes and in online learning settings. It’s a great way to shake things up, bring more personalized attention to your classroom, and put some of your technology to use. Flipped classrooms are one of the more popular trends we’ve seen since Edudemic was created, and it is certainly one of the most long- lasting. Other things have come and gone in the past few years, but flipped classrooms are getting even more and more popular.

If you’re new to flipped classrooms or have known about the concept for awhile but haven’t made the plunge, the handy infographic below takes a look at some of the basics of flipped classrooms: what are some of the advantages, why and how they work, and how both teachers and students are responding to the flipped classroom model.

What Is A Flipped Classroom

Flipping the classroom involves moving the lecture out of class – generally via the use of a video lecture that students watch at home on their own time.

Thus, teachers have class time to work on activities, problems, workshops, labs, and provide students with individual attention.

Why Flip The Classroom?

Besides the fact that teachers’ classroom time seems better spent helping students interactively rather than lecturing at them, there are a number of outcomes that make the flipped classroom a great idea.

  • Better student teacher interaction
  • Better knowledge retention
  • Improved test scores
  • Absent students can catch up easier
  • Instructional content always available
  • Improved student engagement
  • More personalized instruction for each student
  • Advanced students can move ahead more easily
  • Struggling students can receive the help they need

What Do Teachers Think?

  • 85% of teachers see improved grades
  • 30% connect more with students outside the classroom
  • 25% use class time to explore subjects more deeply
  • 23% said their classroom became a more interactive environment
  • 83% who have not flipped their classroom say they’d like to learn more
  • In one case study, failure rates in English, Math, Social Studies, and the 9th grade overall lowered by an average of about 30%
  • In the same case study, attendance went up, and disciplinary cases decreased

Is It Helping Students?

  • In one case study, 75% of student stated they preferred lectures prior to the implementation of the flipped model. After implementation, 90% said they preferred the new model
  • In another case study, the state exam pass rate increased from 30% to 75%, including 9 out of 10 special education students
  • At Purdue University, they see 15% less Ds, Fs, and withdrawls in classes that are flipped




  1. kajalsengupta

    November 18, 2013 at 4:48 am

    It is good to see that Flipped classrooms are being adopted by more and more teachers. A great contribution to its success has been due to efficient virtual classrooms ( http://www.wiziq.com/Virtual_Classroom.aspx ) . I wish this idea spreads because I feel that it is going to benefit the students a lot.

  2. Benjamin L. Stewart

    November 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I used to have a science teacher in junior high school who would record (on cassette) his first lesson of the day, then play back each of the lessons for each subsequent class. I, unfortunately, had to sit and listen to an uninterrupted talk on a cheap cassette player with zero interaction, question-and-answer exchange, etc…easily the worst class I ever had.

    Fast forward to the “flipped classroom”…now we expect students to listen to recordings outside of class so they are better prepared to perform more interactive activities while in class. This is very much like teachers asking us to make sure we cover the readings before class in order to have a more dynamic discussion.

    The flipped classroom is simply not expecting students to watch videos outside of class. An educator who has “flipped” should learn and guide students to see what they can do on their own outside of class, so that further learning can be done inside of class. In other words, students should not be doing anything in class that they can learn on their own. Perhaps a concept we’ve always expected in education.

    A flipped classroom answers one simple (but complex) question:

    What did students learn today in class that required the assistance of another (i.e., teacher, peer, expert, etc.)?

    By answering this question, one begins to realize that flipping a classroom is a matter of degree and not all or nothing. I know this doesn’t say much about the buzzword, but I think pursuing the question instead leads to a more worthwhile intellectual exercise.

    • isabelpc

      November 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

      I do like your comment. You put the right question. I was thinking about it as well. What should I record my class for if students are supposed to be there? If they are supposed to be interacting, being part of it, building their own meanings out of the lesson and everything we do whilst learning happens? It is all about consuming once and again what the lecturer says in order to improve the marks but switching off your brain? It is very much the same as in the ´80 when I was at school, but with a very big difference: flipped classs involves no reading & writing.

  3. Alister Loxton

    November 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I didn’t understand well this concept. But as per the mentioned rating in the post, I think it will be the next big trend in education technology. As BYOD is already doing well, flipped classroom will add more advantage into it. It helping both students as well as teachers. I like infographic too.

    Thank you.

  4. Ralph Sherman

    November 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Why not have the students make the course for the teacher? Teach them how to produce the teachers’ lessons and record them for repeated use? That would make the course blended learning. Develop a core group of students with these skills and use them throughout the school to flip the whole institution. This “new” discipline would incorporate the graphic arts, computer animation, music, audio recording, speech, theater, ESL, writing (the script as in a screen play), reading, research, principles of instructional design, working cooperatively with each other in a team and with the teachers, etc.. They would be learning not only the subject mater but also how to produce dynamic educational content, a rapidly growing industry. This is my mission… When done well the content is not simply a online video of a talking head, but rather a dynamic presentation of the subject matter. Something much greater than the sum of its parts. Most teachers don’t have the time or skills to produce something with enough “production value” to make it better than the actual lecture itself. This is the “catch 22″ with “flipping the classroom”. So, have a blended learning department which coordinates the various disciplines necessary to produce the flipped classroom content. Once you have a core group of students who know how to make the video lessons, then have them produce the content for the teachers who want to have it done. Once, that is accomplished and the results are validating then convert the rest of the classes.

  5. Chewy59

    December 4, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Ever since learning about the concept of a flipped classroom I have been very intrigued and seeking more information about implementation. The one thing that articles such add this are usually missing is how teachers are using their classroom time after making the switch. I understand the benefits, but what I’m really interested in seeing how teachers specifically react to the increased classroom time for direct contact and student centered activities. That, to me, would be more useful than a long string of statistics suggesting there is a benefit to making the switch.

  6. Thomas

    January 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    It also depends on how talkative and interactive your students are. Some classes barely speak up during “lecture time” and therefore recording would be perfect for them. For other classes, they are always asking questions or offering opinions while I lecture so I wouldn’t want to remove that engagement by recording.

  7. Neeraj Anand

    January 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Really impressed to go through Ralph sherman and other comments. Blended learning and dynamic presentattions can add value to learning.
    In India this concept of flipped classroom is new but seems may catch up fast in private educational institutes.
    I have tried to practice blending 2 pedagogies – case study and role play. But flipping classroom may be more exciting and coordinating various activities and involving students for videos production may enrich their learning and skills.
    With increasing use of apps and ipad this seems to catch fast.