Flipped Classroom Advantages And Disadvantages

The flipped classroom has some pros and cons. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?The flipped classroom is a method that is becoming more popular since the advent of internet. It’s a 180 degree shift in traditional education. With the flipped classroom, students have direct access to the knowledge and the teacher serves as a coach and mentor. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the flipped classroom? Will the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? You will find out in this article :-)

Flipped classroom advantages

Self-paced learning

When students prepare their class, they can work whenever they want and take whatever time it takes to finish (as long as it's before the deadline).

Dive deeper into subject

When students have a basic knowledge about a certain subject, you can dive deeper into the learning material. You can offer more learning material to students who are looking for a challenge.

Better prepared (you know the results and statistics)

Students can follow courses where teachers put on homework students have to prepare. Teachers are able to track the progress of students and view their results. This makes it possible to have a clear idea of what the struggles are of your students and see what students struggle the most. Furthermore, it allows teacher to identify errors in thinking or concept application.

Lectures can be reused

It can take a lot of time to prepare homework for students. But once you got it all, it's easy to re-use your lectures for next year.

Transparency for parents

It gives parents the chance to take a look into their children’s video lectures. Once children don’t understand a certain concept, parents are able to help them.

Flipped classroom disadvantages

Technology issues

No access to internet means no homework. Once students don’t make their homework, they get easily distracted by other things. And you don’t want that to happen. Nowadays, there are a lot less technology options. So, this issue will become less and less relevant.

Organization

The first time you implement the flipped classroom, it will have to be a lot of organization. Teachers have to introduce the students to the whole different concept. This can take some time, because they go from a more passive learning style to an active learning style. 

 Demotivated

You always have to be motivated to do your homework and be prepared for class. If you don't, you'd be easily distracted by other things. When you don't have the basic knowledge, it's hard dive deeper into a subject. Teachers should really motivate students to do their homework, otherwise there's no flipped classroom.

Not for every student

“Meta cognitive skills” seems like a difficult word, but is easy to explain. It’s about knowing how to learn and on what learning style suits you best. The flipped classroom requires a lot of self-discipline. Students have to know how to learn, this will come with time.   

Conclusion

Will the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Yes. Well, at least with one footnote. Students have to be capable of being motivated to do a lot of work at home. This method won’t work at elementary school. It’s a good method to use for applied university or university. The flipped classroom seems to be a great way to dive deeper into the learning material and help students where needed.

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