Flipped classroom vs blended learning

What's the difference between blended learning and flipped classrooms? Are there any differences? You will find out in this article :-)

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What is blended learning?

“Take your books and read the first chapter.” This is a sentence you must have heard a lot of times. Nowadays this sentence could be replaced by "Click on the link and follow the instructions on your laptop." The first situation described is a classical learning method. The second situation described, is a modern learning method.

What does blended learning mean? You guessed is right! It’s a mix between a classical-and modern learning method. Students are learning from their computers as well as they get instruction from their teachers. I will give you an example of blended learning; a schoolteacher decides to demonstrate which ingredients are needed for a fire (classical method). After her demonstration, the pupils will make a quiz on their tablets about that subject (modern method).

Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of blended learning.

What is flipped classroom?

Flipped classroom. What does is it exactly mean? It’s a 180 degree shift in “traditional” education. But what does that say? In the traditional model the teacher stands between the students and the knowledge. With the flipped classroom, students have direct access to the knowledge and the teacher serves as a coach and mentor. With the flipped classroom model, students have to prepare their contact moments. During contact moments teachers are able to zoom in on the application and deeper processing of the learning material.

Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of the flipped classroom.

What’s the difference?

Blended learning is a concept which includes different styles of blended learning. One of those styles is the flipped classroom. That’s the only difference.

Useful resources

University of Florida
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