Flipped or Inverted Classrooms

Video explaining the use of a flipped classroom format in combination with a serious game in a RWTH course


Markus Gerards, MfL
Wolfram Barodte, MfL

The underlying idea of the flipped classroom model, also called an inverted classroom, is to have students learn the course material outside of the classroom, for example, at home and practice and apply the material during face-to-face course time, instead of vice versa.

As such, students first encounter and learn the course material in independent self-paced study. At RWTH videos, which often include simple integrated exercises and questions are made available online.

The videos are generally broken down into short, thematic units to facilitate self-paced learning. Students choose which units to study and in which order based on their knowledge and personal learning speed. The time spent in class can therefore be used to apply, practice, and discuss the learned material. This allows for more interaction between students and instructors even in courses with a large number of students. It also frees up time for example, for guest lectures, either online or in-person.

Media for Teaching supports instructors with the didactic design and technical implementation of flipped classrooms.