Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Flipping the Classroom

In “flipped classes” students use technology at home to watch online video lectures, demonstrations, and explanations of assignments. Class time is spent doing what is traditionally called “homework." The teacher in a flipped classroom is a learning facilitator, able to work one-to-one with students, clarify assignments, and offer help as needed. Classmates can work together on in-class assignments, engage in discussions, or collaborate on projects. A major benefit is that teachers spend more time working directly with students instead of lecturing to them. The downside is the need for access to technology and the student’s own motivation to watch the videos. A good article on what a flipped classroom is, and what it is not, is on

The purpose of this FLC on-going from 2012-13, will be to continue to:

  • Explore the Flipped Classroom Model and how it shifts the teacher’s role in class from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side.”
  • Explore and learn how flipping your classroom increases teacher to student and student to student interactions.
  • Explore how flipping your classroom makes differentiating instruction easier.
  • Explore how to build in reflective activities to have students think about what they learned, how it will help them, its relevance, and this reflective process is imperative when flipping the classroom.
  • Examine what technology SCSU has to support the flipped classroom.
  • Plan and implement the Flipped Classroom Model in one course during the spring semester.
  • Reflect on the impact flipping the classroom had on our teaching and learning as well as those of our students.

Meeting Times:

Fall Semester: Tuesday 11 AM - 1 PM (Sept. 10th, Sept. 24th, Oct. 29th, Nov. 19th, Dec. 17th)


Jeanne Anderson, Center for Information Media

Stephanie Houdek, Academic Learning Center


Mark Petzold, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jean Hoff, Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences

Rebecca Crowell, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kristen Carlson, Information Technology Services

Kannan Sivaprakasam, Chemistry and Physics

James Heiman, English

William Branson, Mathematics and Statistics

Joy McKenzie, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Guest Participants:

Susan Tarr

Michael Schecter

Jeff Chen