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To Flip Or Not To Flip - Discover the flipped classroom methodology

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To flip or not to flip? That is the question! Let’s walk together this path: how does flipped learning works? How to adopt this approach in teaching day life?

Course description

What is flipped learning? According to the Flipped Learning Network, it is a “pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.”
In this MOOC you will have the chance to:

  • learn the basics about flipped classroom;
  • explore some shared experiences and identify key issues;
  • start thinking about how to try it out in your course, using also the set of tools we will provide you with, and - why not – any useful open resource you find online.
The MOOC is enriched by many testimonies coming from international experiences at University level, with a special focus on STEM subjects.

Course Information:

The MOOC is organized in 4 weeks. You’ll have the chance to choose among three different levels of involvement, even if there is no explicit distinction in the contents, considering the effort you may put in it: reading and viewing, communication and production paths are available.
Week 0 is an introduction to the MOOC, its structure and the main subject we are dealing with.
From week 1 to week 4 you’ll find the core part of the MOOC, the flipped classroom: you’ll start from concrete experiences and, through a deep reflection on them and a guided analysis of the theoretical background, you’ll reach the “hands on” part, in which you’ll have the chance to start using this approach for your own course’s design.
Finally yet importantly, there is a final section, which focuses on the pedagogical approach applied in this MOOC as a whole. This section has been designed and developed by Université Numérique Ingénierie et Technologie. In this section you’ll have the chance, as a teacher, to reflect on the overall design phase of a course, as a meta-level.
Further editions of this course are going to be activated periodically.

This edition is part of ECO project experience (Elearning Communication Open-Data) which focuses on collaborative and interactive learning dynamics.


There are no prerequisites to take this course, even if previous experience in didactics and teaching will be helpful.

Course instructor

This MOOC is the result of a proficient collaboration between many people, at international level. Politecnico di Milano - METID had the chance to enjoy working closely with UNIT partners and to benefit from the kind availability of many international teachers, who already experienced flipped classroom approach. The list is long, take your time : )

Paola Corti

Paola Corti

Paola Corti is a Project Manager at Politecnico di Milano – METID; she is an instructional designer involved in MOOCs design and production for POK platform. She coordinated the design of the course, involved international testimonials, together with other curators, in order to collect the experiences available in this MOOC, and she kept together the design and the production groups…and many are things needed : )

Ariane Dumont

Ariane Dumont

Ariane Dumont, professor at the Western Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, Educational Developer and responsible for promoting innovation in pedagogy. She has trained over 300 faculty members to implement the flipped classroom in their teaching. She will nicely guide you through some interesting models, which can support you in exploring and experimenting the flipped classroom.

Aude Pichon

Aude Pichon

Aude Pichon, Advisor in Pedagogy in the Center for Professional Development in Education at the Ecole des Mines in Nantes and Coordinator in charge of the pedagogical development within uTOP(UNIT) in France, she not only advises on teacher training projects, but also develops them and leads them either face-to-face or remotely. 

This MOOC could not exist without the precious contribution coming from many pedagogical experts and instructional designers, starting from Manuela Milani, from Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy), to Morgane Massart, from École des Ponts ParisTech (France), till Nathalie Issenmann and Anthony Battistutta from Université de Lorraine (France).
Our testimonials are not to be forgotten: our gratitude for their interesting and valuable contribution is really huge! Stephanie Velegol from Penn State University (USA), Sam Marsh and Nick Gurski from Sheffield University (UK), Jean-Cédric Chappelier from EPFL (CH), Gabriel Stoltz from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (F), and Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn from Leiden University (NL), Domenico Brunetto from Politecnico di Milano (IT): you’ve been great with us, thanks again!

In collaboration with:

Université Numèrique Ingénierie et Technologie
Ecol des Ponts ParisTech
Université de Lorraine
Mines Nantes


To whom the course is addressed?

Mainly at professors and teachers, at all levels, who are willing to think about some innovation in their pedagogical approach

How much will it cost to take the course?

Nothing! The course is completely free.

Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?

Yes, at the end of the course, all those who have successfully completed the course (answering at least 60 % of questions correctly) will receive a Certificate of participation. The Certificate is not recognized as university credits.
Those who are taking part in the instructional design activities in week 4 and upload their works in the shared folder will also receive a Certificate as Flipped Classroom Designer.

How do I obtain the certificate?

All those who have successfully completed the course (answering at least 60% of questions correctly) will receive the Certificate of participation. You can download your Certificate of participation directly from the portal. Warning: the certificate will only be generated after the end of the course. In order to view and download it, you will need to wait a few days after the end of the current course.
All those who have uploaded in the shared folder the documents required in week 4 for the instructional design activity will receive by email also the Certificate as Flipped Classroom Designer.

I could not view all the course materials and complete the quizzes before the end of the course; what should I do?

Course materials will remain accessible for a long time for course participants, even after the end of the current course.
In order to obtain the Certificate of participation, you will need to sign up for an active course and answer the quizzes correctly.

  1. Classes Start

    Jan 15, 2016
  2. Classes End

    Mar 13, 2016
  3. Estimated Effort

    1-2 hour/week
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