Flip Theory

Flip Theory

Where did flipped learning
come from?

The phrase ‘flipped learning’ came into general use in the early mid-2000s when it was popularised by chemistry teachers Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams (Bergmann and Sams 2012) and the founder of the Khan Academy, Salman Khan (TED 2011).

However, the concept of flipped learning goes back much further than this

Student who don't flip their learning

Then what?

In the 1990s, Harvard Professor Eric Mazur developed a model of ‘peer instruction’ in which he provided material for students to prepare and reflect on before class and then used class time to encourage deeper cognitive thinking via peer interaction and instructor challenge. He called this “just in time teaching” (Crouch and Mazur 2001).

Saturated market

 Video creation (e.g. Screener and Webinar) and distribution tools (e.g. YouTube) provide the opportunity to anyone to create flipped content with ease. Everyone has a YouTube channel where they can create videos that can and sometimes do help the learning of a vast variety of subjects. The age of video learning is here. however, with all products it needs to be centred around the client.  Far too many people are using youtube to put themselves at the centre of the learning.  By developing flipped learning with A level PE students at an outstanding college I’ve used a student centred approach.  I don’t use youtube videos, however, I’ve put some out there to share.  I have created videos that stand out and engage the learner.

Why 10 min videos?

The timely manner of the videos on FlipTeach is to allow the students to engage with the material with the highest level of concentration. 80% of students stated that the short nature of the video allowed them time to go back over the video and therefore, be more active in their learning.  The widely-perceived attention is 20 minutes on a freely chosen activity, however, there are many variables that will impact on this generalised figure. The use of images is a strong theme throughout, along with animation and footage that makes this a standout online learning tool.  

Why FlipTeach?

By enhancing the visual aspect of the videos, it taps into an extra potential path of learning. There are practical video examples to bring the theory to life for the learner, again enhancing the learning experience, as well as the potential for retention of knowledge.  Using this site you can monitor  progress and ensure that students are completing their flipped learning.  As an A level teacher of PE for over 15 years I have a clear view about active learning and how flipped learning can support students in and out of class.  Flipteach gives you a user friendly online resource that your students can access outside of the class. Lets get started.


Bergmann, J. and Sams, A. (2012) Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day. International Society for Technology in Education.

TED (2011) Salman Khan Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education (Internet).
Available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let’s_use_video_to_reinvent_education (Accessed 1 May 2018)

Crouch, C.H. and Mazur, E. (2001) Peer Instruction: Ten Years of Experience and Results. American Journal of Physics. 69, 970–7.

Higher Education Academy (2017) what is flipped learning?
Available at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/flipped-learning-0 (Accessed 01/06/2018).

Briggs S, InformED (2014) The science of attention
Available at: https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/30-tricks-for-capturing-students-attention (Accessed 01/06/18).