RCC Postdoc Seminar: "The Flipped Classroom"


Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

Flipping the classroom is a “pedagogy-first” approach to teaching. In this approach in-class time is “re-purposed” for inquiry, application, and assessment in order to better meet the needs of individual learners. Students gain control of the learning process through studying course material outside of class, using readings, pre-recorded video lectures, or research assignments. During class time, instructors facilitate the learning process by helping students work through course material individually and in groups or by assigning active ways of engaging with content such as student presentations (peer-instruction) and student-led discussions in which the instructor is one more participant but is also there to clarify and reinforce the learning materials. There are numerous ways to flip your class and creative and novel ways to do so are always encouraged.


Also known as “inverting” a classroom, this approach seeks to preserve the value of lecture (expertise and custom delivery), while freeing up precious in-person class time for active learning strategies. The main goal in flipping a class is to cultivate deeper, richer learning experiences for students when the instructor is present to coach and guide them. Emphasis is on higher-order thinking skills and application to complex problems.

Speaker: Rodrigo Cetina Presuel, RCC Executive Director.

Sponsors: RCC, Postdocs@RCC