Flipped Learning Increases the Value of Conference Education

Everyone knows that sitting in an audience listening passively to a speaker is not an effective way for adults to learn, yet that’s still the norm at many conferences and educational events. It’s time for associations to upend ineffective education with flipped learning.

Flipped learning is the brainchild of two high school science teachers who decided in 2007 to have their students watch preparatory videos online before coming to class. Instead of using valuable face-to-face time to lecture while students sat passively listening, they used that time for hands-on and deeper-dive activities.

With flipped learning, the student learns about something first through assigned reading or videos, and then puts that knowledge to work in the classroom through group exercises, case studies, role-playing, problem-solving, or facilitated discussions.

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