What the Heck is a Flipped Classroom?


Duke University defines a flipped classroom as

“…rather than lecturing to students in class and then testing them, the instructor gives them the same information by way of online lecture or readings or some combination, prior to class time. Often they take an online quiz, also prior to class. Then, in the classroom, the students do activities designed to help them put into practice the concepts they learned before they arrived.”

The most cited nursing research study on flipped classroom states

  • “Though there has been a shift towards the flipped classroom, comparatively little is known about how it is used in nursing curricula.”
  • “However, no studies . . . identified the evaluation of the process of implementing the flipped classroom. Studies examining the process and ongoing evaluation and refinement of the flipped classroom in higher education nursing programs are warranted.”

The IDEA makes sense . . . engage learners and allow for increased discussion and deeper learning of difficult concepts


With little guidance on implementation my concern is that we are failing the student with abrupt and unguided implementation

Educators struggle to remember what they KNOW and exactly what the student DOESN’T know

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Review the lectures prior to class – take the quizzes – review supplemental material. This will undoubtedly make your experience much better and ensure you’re gaining the knowledge you need to be successful in nursing school.

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