Inverted Classroom

Reversal of Frontal Teaching: Acquiring and applying knowledge

Traditional teaching and flipped classroom

The didactic concept of the inverted classroom (also called flipped classroom) stands for a reversal of traditional frontal teaching. Here, the teaching and acquisition of learning content takes place asynchronously and usually digitally in self-study (e.g. through videos, e-books or through the exchange of course participants in online communities) prior to an in-person class. The in-person phases and synchronous course meetings are then used to apply and consolidate what has been learned.

The flipped teaching approach is often combined with the blended learning concept.


  • All participants can learn at their own accord and ownpace

  • Promotes self-organisation skills

  • More time for solving problems and more practical work in the seminar or lecture

  • Increased interaction with fellow students during synchronous classes

  • Social media components in the Moodle course ensure more casual interactions

  • Games, quizzes & tasks in the Moodle course create playful learning (gamification)

  • Fast communication & quick personal feedback possible via Moodle

  • Reusability of the teaching videos and the Moodle course (sustainable)

Disadvantages & challenges

  • Self-responsibility for the learning process not every student will complete the assignments

  • Less interaction possibilities during knowledge acquisition via Moodle course and teaching videos

  • Important: face-to-face exchange with fellow students (social component)

  • Role of the physical lecture hall as a learning space 

  • Training required for using the digital learning platform Moodle

  • Time required to create the accompanying Moodle course and learning materials (e.g. teaching videos)

First steps towards the Flipped Classroom

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