Flipped classroom vs blended learning

What's the difference between blended learning and flipped classrooms? Are there any differences? You will find out in this article. :-)

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What is blended learning?

“Take out your books and read the first chapter.” This is a sentence you must have heard a lot of times. Nowadays this sentence could be replaced by "Click on the link and follow the instructions on your laptop." The first situation is a classical learning method. The second situation, is a modern learning method.

What does blended learning mean? You guessed right! It’s a mix between a classical and modern learning method. Students are learning from their computers in addition to the instruction they get from their teachers. For example, with the classical method a culinary instructor would demonstrate how to make bread dough during a live lesson. After the demonstration, the pupils could review the material by completing an online quiz on a tablet with the modern method. 

Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of blended learning.

What is flipped classroom?

What is meant by a flipped classroom? Flipped classrooms are a180-degree shift in “traditional” education. In the traditional model, the teacher is the main source of knowledge, but with flipped classrooms students have direct access to the learning content. This difference transforms the role of the teacher to that of a coach and mentor. With the flipped classroom model, students have to prepare for meetings with their teachers. During this time, both the student and teacher are able to target the application and understanding of the material more deeply. 

Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of the flipped classroom.


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