Our Flipped Learning Approach
Online learning rose in popularity as a means of reducing the costs of training in corporations. Through trial and error, the flipped learning approach and blended learning took education a step forward.
Business Cases justified online learning on the bases of reducing the financial costs of face-to-face delivery; and reducing the opportunity costs of lost time on-the-job. Subsequent experience revealed that the costs of under-performance, measured by overruns in project budgets and process inefficiencies, actually increased. Hence educators realised that people learn from social interactions with peers and subject matter experts (SME), which help them make sense of business problems and articulate viable solution options. Hence the rise of the ‘flipped learning approach’ and ‘blended’ learning.
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Four criteria for successful flipped learning
- Define job-relevant learning outcomes. Most importantly for adult education, define the job responsibilities (e.g. compliance) they will master; then define the job competencies (e.g. subject matter expertise) that help them communicate as SMEs.
- Discover individually. Motivate people to self-discover and reflect why their past experience may no longer matter; to take accountability for their own professional development.
- Apply collaboratively. Make judicious use of face-to-face workshops and communication that help people make sense of new learning. Equally important, let people socialise the best ways to practically implement new learning.
- Learn smarter. Ensure that L&D recognise that learning content has a short shelf-life. Discard clunky materials that fail to embed emergent learning. All knowledge is perishable – just like training materials.
How do we flip it?
The objective of our blended learning approach is to reinforce and embed training outcomes practically into our client’s processes and methodologies.
Four stages in our flipped learning approach
- Our Preparing Stage 1 helps learners recognise the strengths and weaknesses of their past experience in the ‘new world’.
- The Instructing Stage 2 equips learners to learn from the experiences and ah-ha moments of their colleagues.
- The Assessment Stage 3 provides learners with the constructive feedback that equips them for independent learning.
- The Reinforcing Stage 4 centres on monitoring the ‘stickiness’ of competencies; and continuous improvement of L&D materials.
Our four-step flipped learning approach is outlined in the infographic.