I just want to give a brief plug for a new book on flipped learning. I played a part in this book and I am very proud of how it turned out. It’s called Best Practices for Flipping the College Classroom.
This book is an edited volume with contributed chapters from all over the academic landscape. I contributed Chapter 3, on flipped learning in calculus. The other chapters are from practitioners in such fields as nursing, history, marketing, chemistry, and more.
I really enjoyed working on the chapter in this book, and the editors (Julee Waldrop and Melody Bowdon) did a great job of stitching all the chapters together to form a cohesive whole. Each chapter is formatted in a similar way with an inventory of instructional goals, assessments, and other structural/course design data so that it’s easy to compare these flipped approaches across different disciplines.
Books like this are important: They remind us that flipped learning is not a fad, but rather an increasingly pervasive model of course design and instruction that is spreading across the entire spectrum of academia. It’s not just a STEM thing or just something that only a few people do or that only works well in a highly specialized academic setting. I’ve said before that in five years’ time we will not be talking about “the flipped classroom” – we will just be talking about “the classroom”, and flipped learning will be the norm. I feel like this book gives us a glimpse of that near future, maybe not as far off as we might think.