Flipping your Class: What to leave out, what to add in

Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Gordon: Sonata Meeting Room
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas Main Campus
Gregory Baker, Colorado Mesa University

Many well-respected groups and associated faculty have tackled the issues of Earth science classroom transformation through decades of research and application. Today, many significant pedagogical advances to the standard lecture-lab classroom formats have been presented, tested, and demonstrated effective. However, even instructors who are favorably inclined to these pedagogies are limited by class time; thus, sufficient in-class time may represent a substantial barrier to sustainable reform. This interactive workshop will address the utility of an instructional model that finds extra time for in-class activities through the adoption of a " flipped" class format. By moving part of the instruction outside the classroom, instructors are provided with time in class to incorporate active learning strategies that have been shown to decrease attrition and improve student performance.


  • Identify tasks most appropriate for students to complete outside of class time
  • Review a variety of in-class active-learning strategies that develop mastery of out-of-class materials
  • For a topic of the participants' choosing, construct a flipped module consisting of out-of-class and in-class activities
  • Share and peer evaluate constructed modules that are ready to be deployed


1:30p – 1:40p: Introductions and overview of objectives

1:40p – 1:55p: Watch video on "flipping" classrooms (simulating an example of an out-of-class activity)

1:55 – 2:05p: Clicker questions (simulating an in-class assessment to gauge students' understanding of out-of-class tasks)

2:05p-2:20p: Group activities (participants brainstorm a topic for "flipped" module)

2:20p – 2:30p: Report out

2:30p – 2:40p: Break

2:40p – 3:15p: Participants construct in-class and out-of-class activities

3:15p – 3:45p: Form new groups to peer-assess "flipped" activities

3:45p – 3:55p: Participants finalize activities based on peer discussion

3:55p – 4:00p: Workshop evaluation