Journal of Undergraduate Research


flipped classroom, learning model, instructor-facilitated


Life Sciences




The “Flipped Classroom” is a learning model in which content attainment is shifted forward to out-side of class, and then followed by instructor-facilitated concept application activitiesa in class (Jensen, 2015). It is one of the most rapidly emerging and popular learning models to date. It has become increasingly popular within many educational settings including medical schools. Currently, the flipped classroom has gained such reputation that there are 12,000 educators around the globe who support and implement the flipped classroom model in their institutions, including BYU (Jensen, 2015). The flipped classroom has unique characteristics that differ from traditional classrooms. While the traditional classroom setting provides lecture during class and homework after class, as shown in the figure, the flipped classroom requires students to master lecture content prior to their class period. Then, students are facilitated by their instructor to apply challenging concepts to novel situations. The benefit of the flipped classroom is that educators are able to utilize technology in their teaching, which opens up their class period for more student-centered active learning practices.

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