My opinion about flipped learning.
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My opinion about flipped learning.

Back in 2015, when I take a Diploma in Adult Continuing Education (DACE), to enhance my teaching capabilities in several private training providers, I had always thought of a better method of studying for knowledge.

I was an IT trainer in several private Muslim institutions like Mendaki, Muhammadiyah, and SSA consultants to name a few before I joined the PA as an adjunct IT trainer.

At that time I was already thinking of writing to WSQ and the Ministry of Education to make some changes to the Adult learning education system to make it more as western flipped learning, but I procrastinate.

This attending of classroom and insensible role play gets into my nerve.

The reason is, I was feeling lethargic after a hard, stressful day and have to go to a night class of 3 hours, wasting time, transportation, and energy.

As I have observed in the past classes, as the lecturers rattled the students settled, mostly the elder adults seem to fall asleep during lectures. Upon research, I discover that the western countries had already done flipped learning and with most productive results. But we in Singapore back then were not yet ready.

I also noticed that senior and junior adults alike do not have good retention memory power. Back then I had suggested doing a video recording of such an important course, as we can revise regularly at our own time in the comfort of our home. But nothing happens. I noticed several dropouts of students on the DACE cohorts.

What is Flipped learning? Flipped learning is a method that helps teachers to prioritize active learning during class time by assigning students lecture materials and presentations to be viewed at home or outside of class. In Flipped classrooms, students handle their learning. Which is an acceptable condition for working adults.

Adult learners are starving for knowledge. They will spend their precious time poring over study materials such as lecture notes and videos. Flipped learning made the teacher role, that of a coach and mentor. With the flipped classroom model, students have to prepare for meetings with their teachers- again, a very effective way to retain their knowledge. During this time, both the student and teacher can target the application and understanding of the study material.

Covid19 is actually a boon to educators and learners alike. They can cover much knowledge in a short time with little time-wasting, fatigue-driven effort.

However, I would like to add that there can be a slight disadvantage in a flipped classroom if it is not governed well by the lecturer. The lecturer is the governing figure. He controls the floor. In adult education, we stress “peer collaboration and support learning”. This will help each student excel together. It is the role of the lecturer to make sure there is camaraderie amongst the students.

So far in my Writers’ Training Program, I see a delightful combination of lecturers and students alike forming a good team spirit. We could build alumni of sorts that keep us in touch and collectively help each other strive for our own “smart’ goals.

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