In my previous blog, I had shared about the key component that is essential when introducing the concept of Flipped Classroom in a corporate situation – Instructional Design. Taking the discussion further, I’d like to share some thoughts on how you can ensure the concept of flipped classroom would be a success in a corporate situation.
Here are some ideas:
1. Device specific learning objectives
What should the learner know at the end of the video lecturers or eLearning modules? What should he/she know at the end of the classroom interaction? If we take the example of the course we developed for one of our clients, the eLearning modules enabled the B2B customers to understand the product and what it is able to do for them – in this case the product was a high-precision instrument that provides complex data. Armed with this fundamental information, the learners attended the classroom session where they were trained to analyze and interpret the data effectively (the main reason why they purchased the product). Therefore, it is important for organizations to have specific learning objectives for the off-site and on-site interactions.
2. Have clarity of thought on the instructional flow
Have a clear idea about how the knowledge is going to be shared between online sessions and classroom modules. What will be the online format (videos, eLearning modules, interactivities to be included…). At the same time, one needs to have clarity on what will be done during the classroom (virtual or physical) interaction. You don’t want your learners to be bored during the classroom interaction. They need to be given ample opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical situation or at least share their experiences. The instructor or SME will play a critical role here and therefore, needs to be prepared to maximize his/her interaction with the group.
3. Use interactive eLearning modules for self-study
It is a good idea to develop eLearning modules instead of plain videos. Videos are a mere replication of passing lectures which we know are not always effective. E-learning modules can comprise videos but should also include more interactive elements making it more engaging. After all, in the corporate sector, we are talking to busy executives whose primary occupation is not studying (as is the case of high school students). The eLearning modules need to be designed such that these busy executives are motivated to take time off their schedule to further enhance their knowledge.
4. Provide opportunity for real-life application
Give time to learners to apply the learning to real-life situations. This may vary depending on the industry and organization. But typically, it would be good to give employees a specific time-frame to complete the pre-classroom activity. They also need to be encouraged to apply the knowledge to their job situation and share their experiences, hurdles and success stories.
5. Make completion of online course, a mandatory activity before classroom interaction
Make pre-classroom activity a pre-requisite for attending the classroom interaction. This was what was insisted by one of our clients. We had developed eLearning modules that gave preliminary and basic information about a high precision instrument. The classroom interaction could then focus on how the data obtained from the instrument needs to be interpreted – a high skill requirement that needed face-to-face interaction. The whole learning exercise was designed such that one cannot be end without the other.
Flipped classroom or flipped learning is like any other learning methodology that needs careful application. It needs to go through the funnel of the learning design process to achieve the desired learning objectives.
Can you come up with other ideas on how you can successfully apply the concept of flipped learning to a corporate situation? Do share your thoughts.