Flipped Primer – Part 4

This week’s flipped primer installment just happens to correspond nicely with the Articulate eLearning Heroes challenge of the week – I love it when those things happen!

The Articulate challenge is to share your favorite eLearning tools. I shared a few of my favorites, and there is a wonderful list being compiled.

And in this week’s post I’d like to share some tools and strategies for flipping the classroom.  Some of those tools will overlap as eLearning can certainly be a part flipping. But I’ll also check out social media and collaboration tools and strategies for use in a face to face classroom.

(For more background on flipped learning check out my previous posts on what it is, how to do it, and some pros and cons.)

Tools for moving lecture out of the classroom

Many tools created specifically for flipped classroom use, such as sites with instructional videos or cloud based software that integrates several types of sharing and collaboration activities, are unfortunately geared towards a K-12 audience. However, there are a large number of tools that can be used to flip the classroom in the workplace. The table below shows a list of some commonly used tools that can be help instructors flip the corporate classroom. I compiled this list from my own experience and knowledge along with some help from the Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan, Edudemic, Adobe, and Bob Lee and Jim Recker.

Action Tool(s)

Create a video lecture


Screenr, Screencast.com (screencasting)
Powtoons (animated video creation)
Explain Everything, Screenchomp, ShowMe, Educreations (tablet apps)

Create an audio lecture


Create an interactive video
with knowledge checks


Articulate Studio or Storyline
Adobe Captivate or Presenter
Upload and share a video, audio lecture,
podcast, or other resources
(books, articles, job aids)


YouTube, Vimeo (non-interactive video)
iTunes (audio)
Box, Dropbox, Google Drive
LMS such as Moodle
Collect, curate, and share a list of resourcesdata29 Diigo
Create lessons with pre-made videoseducational1 TED-Ed
Quiz or poll learners


Poll Everywhere, Google Forms, Survey Monkey
Socrative, InfuseLearning, GoSoapBox (tablet apps)
LMS such as Moodle
Encourage collaboration, communication
or discussion; provide ongoing supportonline5
PBWorks, Wikispaces (wikis)
Collect student reflections


PBWorks, Wikispaces (wikis)
WordPress, Blogger (blogs)

Student-centered learning techniques.

I won’t delve too deeply into these, but it is important to note that in order to achieve higher order learning, flipped learning educators use student-centered techniques such as active learning.

Active learning is a broad category that includes several other techniques and methods where students are actively exploring and reflecting. It includes strategies like:

  • problem-based learning (where students focus on using resources to solve a problem)
  • experiments
  • preparing and delivering presentations
  • games
  • simulations

Active learning also includes peer-assisted learning techniques. Learners may work with their peers/colleagues during concept exploration or meaning-making by:

  • chatting online
  • responding to posts on a discussion board
  • using social media

They may work with peers in the classroom for engagement and application by:

  • collaboratively solving problems
  • cooperating to complete projects
  • peer tutoring so that students at different levels of understanding are actively engaged

A note about cooperative learning: individual accountability is key. Group projects which can be completed by one or two of the students in a group are not an example of cooperative learning. Rather, each student has a role that they must fulfill in order for the group to be successful. Group self-evaluation is also part of cooperative learning, making it more structured than other types of peer-to-peer learning techniques.


Do you have a favorite tool that should be added to this list?  Please share it here and I’ll tack it on!

Next up: The last installment… Examples of corporate flipping

In the meantime, here are some resources for a little extra reading.

Bishop, J. L., & Verleger, M. A. (2013). The flipped classroom: A survey of the research. In ASEE National Conference Proceedings. Atlanta, GA. Retrieved from http://faculty.up.edu/vandegri/FacDev/Papers/Research_flipped_classroom.pdf

Dunn, J. (2013, April 6). The 10 best web tools for flipped classrooms. Edudemic: Connecting Education & Technology. [Web log]. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/web-tools-for-flipped-classrooms/

Hamdan, N., McKnight, P., McKnight, K., & Arfstrom, K. (2013). A review of flipped learning. Retrieved from http://www.flippedlearning.org/cms/lib07/VA01923112/Centricity/Domain/41/LitReview_FlippedLearning.pdf

Lee, B. & Recker, J. (2013, May 23). How to apply the flipped classroom model for business learning. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.elearningguild.com/olf/olfarchives/index.cfm?id=1051&action=viewonly

Partridge, A. (2013, August 28). What is a flipped classroom and how can it help me? Rapid eLearning: Adobe Presenter Blog. [Web log]. Retrieved from http://blogs.adobe.com/presenter/2013/08/what-is-a-flipped-classroom-and-how-can-it-help-me.html

Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan (REMC). (2013). 21 Things for Teachers. Retrieved from http://www.21things4teachers.net/

Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan (REMC). (2014). 21 Things for iPads. Retrieved from http://www.21things4ipads.net/


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