The ‘Flipped Classroom’ has been a common feature in schools and universities for many years. Based on various models of both adult and child learning, the learner is seen as needing to spend time actively engaging with the material for it to be both meaningful and ‘sticky’, and so the classroom ‘flips’ – what once was traditionally delivered by a teacher (the transmission of knowledge) is now shared through synchronous and asynchronous online activities such as videos, blogs and discussion groups. That which was conventionally seen as ‘homework’, the application of knowledge, is now the focus of the class activity; the teacher is seen as the facilitator of discussions and applications of concepts rather than the individual who transmits content to students.
This blended approach to learning was firmly grasped by Executive Education providers who are constantly seeking more effective ways to support participants through learning journeys, ensuring that the learning ‘sticks’ and can be applied back in their respective organizations. The pre and post-module online work, the blogs, Ted talks, short articles, and webinars have provided the context and material for high quality and high impact face-to-face courses, where participants are supported through the application of content – What works in their context? How can they experiment with these tools and techniques? How does this fit with their reality? How can this be applied?
But, that was six months ago. From the beginning of this year, Executive Education providers have been transforming their face-to-face programs to 100% online – no longer the blended flipped classroom approach, but a fully virtual offering, covering both the content and the process, the tools, theories and techniques, and facilitating the conversations, the learning groups, the coaching conversations and supporting the behavioral change back at work.