The Flipped Classroom: Rethinking the Way You Teach

Des Moines, IA US
August 23, 2012

The “flipped classroom,” one of the most effective pedagogical techniques, may change everything you believe about what activities belong in the classroom and what should be completed independently.

In a flipped classroom, the typical order of teaching is inverted, with lecture occurring outside of class and active engagement inside of class. Flipped classrooms move the traditional in-class activities, such as lecture, out of the classroom to be completed independently. This makes room for completion of assignments in team formats and under the direction of the instructor.

Teachers who flip their classrooms open possibilities for new types of active learning, but what are the options and which ones work best? How can you make sure the technology augments your course without frustrating your students? What activities are possible when instructors are no longer limited to lecturing on content and discussing the readings? In this seminar, you will examine the technology that facilitates the flip, explore the types of active learning possible in the newly liberated face-to-face time, and put the flipped model in context with what is known about how learning works.


  1. Apply the basic neurobiology of learning to the flipped classroom
  2. Improve learning with technology that flips the classroom
  3. Identify technological tools that can improve learning in higher education
  4. Design course assignments that more effectively incorporate technology
  5. Implement a flipped classroom that enhances student learning


Ike Shibley, PhD, is an associate professor of chemistry at Penn State Berks, a small, four-year college within the Penn State system. He teaches chemistry, philosophy of science, and bioethics classes, and he has won both local and university-wide awards for his teaching. His research involves pedagogical approaches to improving science instruction at the college level.

Timothy D. Wilson, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Tim teaches gross anatomy to students in a variety of disciplines and has a winning track record with numerous citations of excellence in every year of his teaching career. He is recognized as a leader and an innovator in pedagogy. He has won both departmental and university-level teaching awards and was even cited as one of his province’s best lecturers.

Drs. Shibley and Wilson will delve into this topic to help you:

  • Incorporate technology wisely to facilitate maximal learning
  • Rethink the way you teach in a technological age
  • Experiment with some of the new technology tools
  • Find training for new technology online
  • Explore alternative delivery methods for your courses
  • Give students immediate feedback, which is key for the millennial generation
  • Use technology to demonstrate to accrediting bodies that learning goals are being met
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/23/2012 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
08/23/2012 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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