From videos to virtual reality, technology has brought about quite a few changes to the traditional classroom. One of those changes, the flipped classroom, is becoming more popular than ever.
What Is a Flipped Classroom?
A flipped classroom uses technology like videos and recorded lessons to “flip” the traditional classroom model by providing lecture materials online to students outside of class time. Additionally, it focuses on activities and practical application of those lectures during face-to-face class time. In other words, students complete their homework before class and work on hands-on assignments during class.
While there are certainly pros and cons with any instructional method, automotive courses can especially benefit from this kind of classroom setup.
Benefits of a Flipped Classroom
Focus on Applying Skills
When students are expected to read or watch lessons before they go to class, they have more time to understand the material and think about their questions. This leads to more engaging classroom discussions, which helps students absorb the content.
During class, instructors can focus on helping students understand difficult concepts and learn how to apply that knowledge in the shop. Not only does this give students more opportunities to learn new material, it also ensures they get plenty of time to work with tools, parts, and new procedures.
Instruction Time Focused on Higher Level Learning
Instructors can benefit from flipped classrooms, too. Recorded lessons mean you probably won’t have to repeat yourself as often since students can refer to those recordings when they want to review material. This gives you more time to coach students, answer questions, and focus on higher level learning activities—like application or analysis—during class time.
To get even more time in the shop, you can take advantage of online quizzes, which are graded automatically. This will allow you to focus on helping students apply what they’ve learned instead of just making sure they pass tests. Some automatic quiz grading systems even allow you to identify class-wide areas of weakness and address those with the entire class, letting you further maximize the effectiveness of your student contact time.
When flipped classrooms are implemented effectively, much of students’ theoretical learning, studying, and test-taking will be done online. This means they’ll already be prepared to start working with what they’ve learned.
As a result, you’ll be able to dedicate class time to emphasizing the most important points of a lesson, such as safety or practical tips, before actively walking students through activities in the shop. This gives students more time to develop the hands-on skills they need to perform successfully in the workplace.