Flipping your Classroom

Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Mirage/Thunderbird


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.


This course will introduce participants to approaches that move lecture-based instruction out of the classroom and replace it with active-learning assignments and activities.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in making room for active student engagement in both large and small classroom settings.


During the workshop and associated Rendezvous opportunities, each participant will:

  • 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


The workshop will include short presentations, hands-on participation in example classroom activities, discussions, and strategies, and group work with peer-evaluation. Each participant will work on their own flipped teaching module or an action plan for a flipped course.

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