Flipped Learning

Thare are many innovative learning and teaching technologies that have gained their popularity in the world of education. One of them is Flipped learning or Flipped classroom. Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach in which traditional lecture and homework practice are reversed. Such learning approach has become popular, especially among higher education institutions. To date, many schools are implementing this mode of learning as it provides insightful learning at home at student’s own pace and effective class discussion afterwards.

One of the “fathers” of Flipped learning is considered to be Eric Mazur who outlined this strategy in his book titled “Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual” (Prentice Hall, 1997).

Many researchers agree that Flipped learning has many advantages compared to traditional classroom lecturing. The following strengths of Flipped learning have been found:

  1. Flipped learning engages students in a collaborative discussion in the class;
  2. Students may work at their own pace;
  3. Classroom time can be used more creatively and effectively;
  4. Teachers can tailor resources to student’s learning style and abilities;
  5. Flipped learning contributes to developing ICT competency.

Flipped learning can be successfully implemented in Kazakhstani context as well, both in school and University levels as it will help to reduce Teacher Talking Time and increase student engagement and contribution. It seems that Flipped learning or some elements of this strategy is being implemented within NIS school network as students are expected to learn independently, engage in mini-projects or small-scale research on different school subjects. One of the effective web resources for Flipped learning is Edmodo which is popular among NIS teachers. Majority of my colleagues upload folders with materials and resources for students’ self-study and self-preparation.

The situation is quite different in mainstream schools where teachers still have to lecture whereas students are exposed to do all homework after the lessons. The main challenge that teachers may face in such schools is that classes are full, with 30-35 students and it is hard to organize an effective class discussion where every student should cooperate with other peers. Moreover, not all teachers have a good level of ICT competency to implement Flipped learning in every-day teaching.

Students might also struggle with this type of learning. The main challenge for them might be unequal access to online resources since not all mainstream learners have access to internet at home. Therefore, students will not be able to read materials before they come to the class; this will result in poorer understanding and lower achievement.

To sum up, Flipped learning is an effective tool for both teaching and learning that might be used in the context of Kazakhstan if it is organized in an effective and sufficient way for learners and teaching staff.


Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojiebVw8O0g

Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwvXFlLQClU

4 thoughts on “Flipped Learning

  1. Thank you for your post. I’m interested in flipped classroom and hope that someday I will try it. By the way, is it effective to implement flipped classroom with lower grade students? Could you share some videos about flipped learning?


  2. Dear Bakhyt,

    Thank you for a wonderful post! I do agree with you that flipped learning has become an inevitable part of a modern teacher. It makes teacher’ s work easier and increases student’s engagement. However, it is very risky and should be implemented step by step starting from higher classes. In addition, teachers should make sure that students have all the opportunuties to use flipped learning. Otherwise, it could lead to half participation of the class. As we cannot reduce traditional method of teaching, there should be a balance between traditional and reversed learnings.


    1. Dear Bakhyt!
      I liked your post and found it really useful. I am interested a lot in flipped learning. As you mentioned in your post that teachers use edmodo at school. I also started to use edmodo with my students last year. However, the main problem was the lack of students’ participation. Students started to invent different situations why they did not do their homework. I have not found the solution for this problem yet. But I think that teachers should prepare students to study on their own from the 1 grade. So that they will be familiar with this process when they come to the secondary school. Anyway, thank you a lot for your post.
      Best regards, Aizhan.


  3. Bakyt,

    This is a very interesting concept. You didn’t really say whether you have tried it yourself and, if so, whether it was successful.

    I really had to watch the video to find out what flipped learning was all about. I think that in your post, you could have told the reader exactly what it was with examples. You have a definition: “Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach in which traditional lecture and homework practice are reversed.” But if your reader doesn’t “get it”, you need to provide examples. I understood the strengths of flipped learning, but I couldn’t “picture it” until after I watched the video and saw that the teacher, instead of lecturing at the front of the classroom, becomes a coach, mentor and guide for students, who work at their own pace.

    Anyway, your paragraphing is clear, and you have quite good grammar and vocabulary in this posting.




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