Assessing Student Engagement in Flipped Classrooms

Instructor: Amanda Robb
This lesson will help you understand how to assess student engagement and what questions to ask to improve student engagement in a flipped classroom. Then, we'll look at strategies and barriers to student engagement and the importance of peer collaboration.

What is a Flipped Classroom?

Have you ever walked into a classroom and felt like you were being talked at for an hour? Unfortunately, this is one of the pitfalls of modern education for students. The teacher is the source of information and students become passive learners. However, this method does not promote the growth of 20th-century skills like problem solving and creativity. One way to solve this issue is to use the flipped classroom model.

During a flipped classroom, students watch videos and consume content at home and then use class time to engage in meaningful application and discussion of what they have learned. The flipped classroom uses class time for projects, discussion, and further application of the material learned at home. With an increase in smartphones, tablets, and internet technology flipped classrooms are more accessible than ever before. Students can watch videos at home, on the train, or anywhere else using their smartphone.

Students can access content for flipped learning on their phones
student with flipped learning

But, how can teachers know that students are engaged both with the material at home and in the classroom? Engaged students have increased learning outcomes, and engagement is an essential part of any classroom. Today, we're going to look at some strategies to assess student engagement in the flipped classroom and how to improve student engagement as needed.

Assessing Student Engagement

How do you know your students are engaged in a lesson? What will you see or hear during the class? Take a few minutes and jot down a response to these questions. What answers did you come up with? Usually, we think of seeing students as attentive to the teacher and each other, asking meaningful questions based on the content.

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