According to EDUCAUSE, the “flipped” classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed from that of a traditional classroom. In other words, concepts or skills are introduced ahead of class through a digital medium, and students spend time in class working with, practicing, or applying their newly acquired knowledge or skills.

In the flipped model, homework typically functions to

  • prepare students for productive in-class time by giving them materials that introduce or develop key concepts and skills they’ll be working on in class, and/or
  • provide visibility into students’ current knowledge or skillset ahead of introducing challenging material in class.

Knewton homework prepares students for class time

Adaptive learning tools like Knewton can have a positive impact in the flipped context because they guide students through upcoming in-class material, offering lots of practice as well as an opportunity to demonstrate mastery. As a result, students feel more comfortable participating in class discussion or group activities.

Knewton analytics facilitate planning

In Knewton, Dashboards and Reports enable instructors to know ahead of time which concepts or skills their students struggle with as a group, so the instructional plan can be targeted to these learning objectives. Some instructors use the Knewton Dashboard to build groups or facilitate other peer-to-peer learning opportunities between partners with complementary strengths and weaknesses, or to inform one-on-one instruction or meetings.

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