There’s a very nice infographic over at Knewton about the “Flipped” Classroom idea. I won’t summarize it here; go read it, it’s worth your time if you haven’t heard the idea before.
Good thing: Puts the burden of learning new material on the student. Forces them to pursue answers to their questions rather than just get them answered by “the authority.”
Bad thing: Harder to implement in larger courses. Motivation to pursue answers needs to be explicitly addressed.
Good thing: Has the potential to break up larger courses, which are typically lousy anyway.
Bad thing: Home time and school time would need to be rebalanced, especially in highly-structured environments like boarding schools. It really does take some time to get new material. Five hours of class a day and then five hours of homework would be a little more onerous than what we usually have in the US.
Good thing: The rebalancing is worth doing. Also, for some countries (esp. China, Korea), that would be a decrease in the homework load.
Bad thing: Directly collides with other homework-related initiatives (e.g. Race to Nowhere)
Good thing: Does not collide with the spirit for most of those things, just the way they’re usually presented, because they’re presented in relation to the existing standard for homework.
So, overall, I think it’s a neat idea that needs a support structure around it before it can succeed at the institutional level. Worth trying out at the individual-course level.
(Originally found the link through GraphJam.)