Flipped Learning: Practitioner Guide

Jennie Harland, Matthew Walker, Suzanne Straw, Oliver Quinlan

18 December 2015

Practitioner guide | Companion handbook
Khan Academy Curriculum Mapping: England | Scotland

This guide and accompanying materials provide guidance to schools on how to implement flipped learning and the potential benefits of this approach. Flipped learning involves using digital technology, such as video, to provide direct instruction on new concepts outside of the classroom. As students come to lessons with a preliminary understanding of the topic, this frees up class time for the teacher to focus on other beneficial learning activities. Students can then use lessons to build their understanding through discussion, collaborative activities and practising skills. It can lead to students moving through content at their own pace, covering more, and in greater depth. It also fosters independent learning skills, making students aware of how they move through material, what they find difficult and what they excel at.

This guide can be read alongside the companion handbook which was produced to help teachers in case-study schools to implement a flipped learning approach using Khan Academy resources. The handbook provides step-by-step instructions for the process and maps the Khan Academy mathematics resources to the relevant curricula in England and Scotland.

This guidance is intended for teachers and other members of staff in school who are thinking about using flipped learning in their teaching. It is based on the findings of a research study carried out by NFER and Nesta, exploring teachers’ and students’ experiences of implementing flipped learning across nine case-study schools.

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