Can You Tell The Difference Between A Blended and A Flipped Course?

After having a recent discussion with a colleague they began talking about how they were teaching a blended course but still met with their students 3 times a week for their face-to-face discussion for 50 minutes. I asked what types of technology or online tools they were using in their blended course and they said “I use the LMS to upload video lectures, link out to websites for them to read journal articles, or sometimes post assignments for them to complete when they come to class the next time and then we discuss those activities they’ve completed.” I started to think to myself, that sounds more like a flipped course.

It was at that moment when I realized how often the two terms, Blended and Flipped, are used and how they are frequently used in lieu of one another. And while the two terms do have a lot in common, there are also some vital differences that set them apart.

Blended Learning

Let’s take a look at these two types of eLearning approaches.

A Blended Course.

A blended Course is a pedagogical model which involves both the online and face to face instruction. Both which are used alongside of one another to provide an ample and effective learning experience for the student. A blended course implies that the face to face time will be reduced and some of the weekly meetings will be replaced with online content/activities.

A Flipped Course.

A flipped course is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework activities are reversed. Like a blended course, both online and face to face instruction are used alongside one another. Although, in a flipped course, meetings will not be reduced but the face to face time will be restructured. Activities such as listening to lectures or readings that would typically happen in the face to face session will be delivered in an online format that will to allow more time to discuss the activities done prior to coming to class.