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Flipped Classroom

What is it?

Traditionally, students come to class to listen to a lecture, and then practice skills on their own as homework. A flipped classroom “flips” this approach - students engage with preparatory materials (lectures, readings, etc.) before coming to class. Then the class period is used for practice opportunities including group discussions, activities, role-playing, simulated patients, etc. 


Advantages of this approach include:

  • Class time is spent engaging in more active learning 
  • More opportunities for feedback 
  • Deeper learning, increased retention 
  • Can create a more inclusive classroom environment


Some challenges of this approach include:

  • Can be time consuming on the “front end” to prepare the pre-class materials (ex. Recorded lectures)
  • Students may be unfamiliar with this model and be wary about it
  • Relies on students doing the preparatory work
  • Not usually applicable for classes that are taught asynchronously


Examples and Implementation

A schedule for a flipped classroom might look like this: 


Before class: Students watch a pre-recorded video lecture about preparing teeth for crowns and answer embedded quiz questions 

In class: Students practice doing the tooth preps on models then trade models with a classmate and provide constructive feedback to one another. 

After class: Students create a guide sheet on tooth preps which synthesizes the steps and guidance from the American Dentistry Association.  


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