-by Jon Bergmann-
A recent study by Mona Lundin, Annika Bergviken Rensfeldt, Thomas Hillman, Annika Lantz-Andersson, and Louise Peterson from Sweden examined 530 studies about Flipped Learning and concluded, “much of the research discourse on flipped classrooms is constrained to clusters, and in particular, subject-specific silos…” What these researchers state confirms what I observe as I examine the Flipped Learning community.
It seems as if most practitioners are asking the same questions about Flipped Learning, and in turn reinventing the wheel. I have been extensively reviewing Flipped Learning research for the past six months, and this is the question I see repeatedly, “Does Flipped Learning work in Subject X?” With very few exceptions, the answer has been a resounding YES. The better questions focus on:
as well as a whole host of other Flipped Learning 3.0 questions.
This emphasizes the need for global collaboration around three central issues:
The good news is that the new non-profit, the Academy of Active Learning Arts has been created for the express purpose of developing the global gold standards for Flipped Learning.
The Academy takes care of the big picture of Flipped Learning, but what about the rank and file teacher or professor? How do you get out of your silos?
I get it… we are all busy, busy, busy. The demands on our lives are at a pace that seems untenable. Where do I find the time to collaborate and not live in my silo? I have three suggestions:
It’s time to get out of your silos. You wouldn’t want your doctor to use yesterday’s techniques on you. He/she has to stay abreast of the latest methods. It’s time for us to do the same.
How have you stepped out of your silo to become a collaborator? We would love to hear your thoughts.