Flipped classroom – delivering instruction outside the classroom.

Once I was invited to an interesting workshop conducted by one of my colleagues in NIS Aktobe. My colleague was talking about one new technology that he was using in his classroom. It was called Flipped classroom. The idea was that he no longer dedicated time in the classroom for explanation of new topics and lectures. Instead, he recorded tutorial videos for his students where he explained the topic. Students were able to access the video at any convenient time and learn the material at their own pace. Time in the classroom then was dedicated to active learning though organizing different activities, projects and discussions on the concepts covered in the videos. I got very interested in this educational model and decided to find out more about it.

According to educational site Educause, flipped classroom is used widely by the teachers around the world because it has many positive effects. First of all, students are given opportunities to use the video or other pre-recorded material more than once and therefore, reflect on what has been said and grasp the concept deeply. It really addresses the individual learning styles that students have. Secondly, traditional classroom is substituted by the classroom where main emphasis is given to hands-on activities, laboratory work, collaboration, creative work, open discussions, problem-solving tasks. Students are given constant feedback and teacher can check how well the students understand the concepts and can apply those concepts. Thirdly, both students and a teacher have changed their role in Flipped classroom. The teacher performs a role of a guide and facilitator rather than a lecturer. The students are no longer passive participants, they have to actively engage in their own learning and be able not just cover the content but master the concepts through active involvement. This helps students feel more responsibility for their own learning.

It should be clearly understood that for Flipped classroom to be effective, a teacher has to prepare carefully. The teacher should make sure that recorded videos would really help students understand the concepts and then classroom activities would really help integrate the knowledge. This requires more time for planning from the part of a teacher.

In conclusion, this idea can be widely used in the upper classes for all the subjects to make the education process more effective and to shift focus from lecture-type classroom to interactive classroom.

Reference list

Educause (2012). Seven things you should know about Flipped classroom. Retrieved from https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli7081.pdf

7 thoughts on “Flipped classroom – delivering instruction outside the classroom.

  1. The idea of giving lessons as video is not new, I saw an sample of it at the beginning of 2000s, when Turkey lyceums were promoting their type of teaching and learning in Kazakhstan. I had to observe teachers’ work and attended one lesson, where the teacher was innovative in switching on the TV recorded explanation of the new theme. I was really shocked, he even did not follow attentively if the students were watching it or not. What is effectiveness of such lessons? Now we are discussing the same idea from another angle: students will watch it beforehand at home. To my mind, it will be a little bit difficult for some reasons: the first one is student’s wish to do it, student’s own responsibility for own development and doing some work himself; another one is the student, being at home will not be able to ask urgent questions connected with the theme, sometimes we have students, who cannot understand the explanation having heard it for millions times and the answer should be given while this process, how to solve such problems… From another point of view we should develop not our students, but ourselves, so it is necessary to remember of this idea and try it.


  2. Dear Miramgul,

    you’ve read my mind or we’ve read each other minds))

    While I was posting my blog about Flipped Learning you have posted yours about the same innovative method used so widely-spread all over the world.
    I would definitely agree with you about all the benefits that flipped classroom can can bring, and if read my blog just a little above you, you will see that we sing from the same song).
    One thing… at first, it means more workload and intense pressure for a teacher as he or she will have to spend much more of his/her personal time not just for preparing to a lesson but also for filming it.
    However, I believe that all efforts will be rewarded later, when you film all the videos during one or two academic years, and will be able to use them in forthcoming years reaping the fruits of your own “Teacher’s Resource Pack”.
    I was wondering if there are any teachers in Kazakhstan who flip their classes, and was quite surprised to read from your post that you visited one in Aktobe) That would be valuable to see his video lessons as an example of applying this innovation in Kazakhstani context. I would be gratefull if you could share his blog in case he posts his lessons online.

    Thank you for your really informative post.

    Kind regards, Aliya


    1. Thank you for your comment.
      I also agree that this is another piece of workload for teachers but it can be very beneficial in a long term. Also, some teachers could collaborate to make preparation together.
      As for my colleague, he does not work for NIS any more unfortunately.


  3. That sounds really interesting!!! I think teachers will spend some time to prepre that kind of video lessons. How do you think will it be beneficial to use it in order to transer NIS school knowledge ans experience to mainstrean schools?


  4. Nice ideas, Miramgul. I think Tatyana raises an important issue regarding the effectiveness of this teaching strategy when not all teachers know how to use the technology to record and upload a tutorial, but also to follow through with careful and individualized instruction in class.

    I also agree that some of the workload challenges could be met by collaboration across the NIS network, since you probably share a curriculum and learning outcomes.

    Great writing overall. Only minor mistakes here and there, mostly with articles.



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