Skip to main content

Flipping the classroom

About this topic

A ‘Flipped Classroom’ approach is a great way to provide students with an Active Learning opportunity.

Active Learning is fundamental to the way we teach in Higher Education: engaging students in finding information and then developing their understanding of that material. It is key to deepening understanding of the subject and developing independent learners.

A traditional instructor-centred session like a lecture involves the delivery of core information during class time, followed by student-centred activities to be done after class. Flipped Classroom approaches involve inverting (or ‘flipping’) the order of these activities. The core information is now acquired by the student prior to the face-to-face contact session. The students can then use the contact time to deepen and reinforce that learning and gain a more holistic understanding of the subject.

Flipped approaches can free the lecturer to be able to be more spontaneous and responsive to the needs of the class and avoid - in subjects where this may happen - merely delivering the same material year on year. The contact time can focus on material students struggle with: applying understanding to problem solving or analytical approaches, understanding areas that can be developed, or providing further background and expanding knowledge.

Flipped learning requires a choice by the tutor of the medium through which to deliver the core material, and this is most commonly achieved through the use of video. The Panopto-based ‘Learn Plus’ facility for lecturers should facilitate this medium for preparing teaching material. However other media are also used, such as written, online, audio or other visual sources. The range of activities to be undertaken during the live sessions is endless, but all should engage the students in an active task and not be another session focused on delivery of further basic content/information.

This topic showcases areas where the ‘Flipped Classroom’ has been successful across the University with different approaches, media and ways of engaging students in the live ‘lecture’ sessions being highlighted. The approach fits with our aim to engage students as active participants, provide an enriched and innovative learning environment, and use the appropriate technology to support learning and teaching.

Case Studies

Flipping the Classroom - Video Case Study

Dr Stephen Rutherford

Published 17 Feb 2017 • 5 minutes read

A short case study from Dr Rutherford outlining his experiences of 'flipping the classroom' within his modules.


Flipping the classroom | Delivering lectures |

Recommendations icon2 recommendations

Using personal capture for Flipped Learning

Dr Kate Gilliver

Published 09 May 2017 • 10 mins read

A case study from Dr Gilliver and her students on how she flipped her classroom using Panopto's personal capture capabilities.


Flipping the classroom | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |

Recommendations icon3 recommendations

Transformation to “Experiential Learning”, a case study

Dr Vicki Stevenson

Published 01 Jan 1970 • 7 minutes read

Dr Vicki Stevenson, of Cardiff University's Welsh School of Architecture presents at the 2019 Learning & Teaching Conference, hosted by the CESI, a case study on: Transformation to “Experiential Learning”


Ways of learning | Flipping the classroom | Facilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |

Recommendations icon0 recommendations

Developing student experience and learning through outreach

Glesni Owen and Tallulah Machin

Published 16 Jan 2020 • 14 mins read

The MFL Student Mentoring Project sends UG students into secondary schools to mentor pupils. This video explores how the scheme impacts upon the student experience, enriching their understanding and learning across their studies.


Ways of learning | Flipping the classroom | Mentoring |

Recommendations icon0 recommendations

Successful deployment of lecture capture and e-assessment: case study

Dr Annabel Cartwright

Published 16 Aug 2017 • 18 mins read

Dr Annabel Cartwright of Cardiff University's School of Physics & Astronomy presents at the Centre for Education Innovation's 2017 Learning & Teaching Conference on the subject of 'Successful deployment of lecture capture & e-assessment'


Flipping the classroom | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures | Managing assessments |

Recommendations icon0 recommendations

How to embed authentic learning using role-play and simulation within the curricula

Michelle Moseley, Christine Munro, Prof. Dai John, Dr Elizabeth Metcalf and Emma Pope

Published 16 Jan 2020 • 15 mins read

In this panel, academics from Medicine, Pharmacy and Healthcare give a short overview of how they have used various types of role-play or simulation within their curricula to create an authentic learning experience for their students.


Ways of learning | Flipping the classroom | Small group teaching | Welsh Medium Provision |

Recommendations icon0 recommendations

Cardiff Resources

Flip the Familiar

Mrs Rosemary Smith

Published 19 Apr 2017 • 20 mins read

A presentation from Rosemary Smith of Cardiff Business School on how she flipped her classrooms in a unique way to help develop students' academic and professional potential.


Flipping the classroom

Recommendations icon0 recommendations

Contribute to the Learning Hub

The Learning Hub is designed by academics for academics and we would encourage you to share anything that supports, enhances or prompts reflection on teaching and learning here at Cardiff University.

This is an opportunity to be an active part of the teaching community here at Cardiff, to share your expertise with your colleagues.