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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Learning in the digital age: the ‘flipped classroom’ method |

"Far from replacing traditional teaching methods, digital technology can actually enhance them for a new generation of learners" insist Benjamin Joseph, CEO of Learnlight (

Using technology to enhance learning
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Most industries have undergone wholesale disruption and digital transformation in recent years. Consumers watch the entertainment they want when they want it. They can order food from nearly anywhere on a single app. High street retail outlets are struggling to cope with the challenge of digital powerhouses like Amazon or eBay.
Despite this, the education sector is one of the few that has seen a much slower pace of change. Classroom-based, face-to-face instructor-led training, the predominant method of learning at least as far back as ancient Greece, is still the predominant approach today.

Of course, technological advances have brought about some adaptations to the techniques used, but none have truly disrupted or revolutionised our primary mechanism for imparting knowledge to others.

Yet there is little doubt that continuing globalisation will ensure the digital disruption of learning and development...

The ‘flipped classroom’ 
Trainers harnessing the best learning technologies can deploy digital learning tools for tasks that lend themselves to this form of learning, while freeing up their own teaching time for subjects that require a greater degree of human interaction, such as complex topics that will stimulate questions and discussion.

This ‘flipped classroom’ methodology is now becoming more and more sought after.
Digital platforms can also be used to ensure quality control. Learners can digitally provide feedback on the quality of teaching they have received, providing continuous motivation for trainers to maintain high standards in the same way as a tradesman registered on TrustATrader or a property owner on AirnBnB.

This form of blended learning harnesses the best elements of human teaching with the best advantages of learning technologies. It enables training providers to scale up their resources to cope with the increasing learning needs of a globalised world.