In the context of blended learning, the “tipped” model refers to a relatively new pedagogy that tilts between the traditional model (in which homework covers concepts or skills introduced or developed in the class immediately prior) and the “flipped” model (in which concepts or skills are introduced ahead of class in a digital medium, and students spend time in class working with, practicing or applying their newly acquired knowledge or skills).

Knewton homework prepares students for class time

Instructors might use adaptive learning tools like Knewton to assign homework in a tipped model classroom for same purposes as in flipped context, 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 skill set ahead of introducing challenging material in class.

In either context, Knewton can have a positive impact because it prepares students for upcoming in-class material. As a result, students feel more comfortable participating in class discussion or group activities.

Knewton analytics facilitate planning

As in a flipped context, instructors in tipped classrooms can use the Knewton Dashboard to help decide on the best topics for a “mini-lecture” at the start of class and provide the focus for the day’s activities. Then, after class, it’s back to the traditional model — students return to the platform to take a quiz; instructors see the results in real time and can adapt accordingly.

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