Get Step-by-step Guidance for Flipping Your Course

The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class

This white paper explains the benefits of flipping and guides you through the components of a flipped course so you can start flipping parts of a course you’re already teaching.

Student-centered instruction is here to stay—because it works. It keeps students engaged and it delivers the outcomes that both students and institutions want. Learning and success rates improve thanks to new classroom techniques that shift the focus from the instructor delivering content to the student processing it.

There are many ways to reshape classes and courses to focus on the student. One common strategy is flipping. In the most simple terms, a flipped class has students watch an online lecture or read materials ahead of time and then apply what they have learned when they get to class. 

Of course, flipping a class is easier said than done. It takes more than taping a lecture, putting it online, and then slotting it into the syllabus. The course has to have the right incentive structure to ensure that students will prepare before class. Each class has to be designed in a way to help students process the content from the assignment. 

Fortunately, there are some sound strategies that can help any instructor flip just about any lesson, and you can learn about them in the new Magna White Paper, The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class.

This 50-page white paper will give you the information and courage you need to flip a course, a class, a lesson, or just part of any of these. These resources include:

  • An examination of the role of Bloom’s Taxonomy and how it influences the flipped approach
  • Ideas for fostering higher-level learning in the classroom
  • Methods for motivating students to complete pre-class assignments
  • A detailed discussion of the four elements of a flipped class
  • An extended study of a flipped class example
  • Self-assessment strategies to help instructors determine their strengths and weaknesses
  • A discussion of possible obstacles, including institutional unreadiness, to flipping

This white paper is based on a Magna Online Seminar by Barbi Honeycutt, Ph.D. She is a longtime believer and highly regarded expert in the flipped approach and learner-centered education. She is the director of graduate teaching programs at North Carolina State University. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education in the NCSU College of Education.

For 13 years Dr. Honeycutt has been facilitating workshops and designing professional development programs to teach educators how to create effective learning environments. She has worked with more than 8,000 graduate students, postgraduate scholars, faculty members, and other professionals within industry, education, government, and the nonprofit sector. In 2011 she founded Flip It Consulting to help others design and deliver programs on flipping workshops, seminars, training sessions, classes, and meetings. 


You can download the PDF of this white paper or get the print version mailed to you.

PDF download $99
Print version $139

A Campus Access License is available for an additional $100. It allows the purchasing institution to load the white paper onto the institution’s password-protected internal web site for unlimited access by members of the campus community.

It’s Not All or Nothing

Instructors can try flipping without abandoning a lifetime of experience and expertise. Flipping does not require a wholesale change in methodology. Certainly flipping can be as big as an entire course, but it can also be as small as a portion of one lesson in one class. 

Ultimately this white paper makes flipping accessible and approachable for instructors of any discipline and at any level of readiness. It is true that the shift to student-centered learning is a momentous one. The classroom of tomorrow may bear little resemblance to those of yesterday or even today. Once you understand what flipping is, how you can use it, and what the benefits are, you can control how that change will unfold in your courses by preparing yourself to adopt new approaches at your pace and in your style.


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