Testing Flipped Learning: Roadmap of a Pilot

by | Nov 20, 2023

In higher education, the FLeD project has initiated and developed its innovative approach to supporting flexible learning scenarios. The project’s pilot design sheds light on the main phases to be followed, resources to be tested, and data to be collected.

The pilot involves lecturers from partner institutions where flipped learning scenarios are implemented by teachers. The pilot design provides details about the different phases of the pilot including preparation, implementation, evaluation, discussion, and refinement. Teachers will be selected based on a defined learner persona profile and participate either individually or in pairs. The pilot will make use of the FLeD tool to support the design and implementation of flipped learning scenarios. Data will be collected through pre- and post-surveys, self-observation tool, and focus group interviews to evaluate and understand the pilot as well as inform how resources can be refined and improved. Face-to-face workshops will be held to discuss the results and their implications.

In this blog post, we share all these aspects to help you gain a deeper understanding into our FLeD project and its potential impact on higher education. Take a look at the pilot roadmap we have created for you!

1. The Main Phases of the Pilot Design

The pilot design outlines a comprehensive approach, encompassing several distinct phases. Starting with the preparation phase, the FLeD project ensures meticulous planning and groundwork. This is followed by the main phase of the pilot, where lecturers from partner institutions will implement flipped learning scenarios. The evaluation phase involves data collection through surveys, self-observation, and focus groups. Finally, the reporting, discussion, and refinement phases provide in-depth data for analyzing the results, engaging in meaningful discussions, and making necessary adjustments to the resources.

2. Resources to be Tested and Refined

The FLeD project aims to refine and enhance resources that support flexible learning in higher education. Three key resources, available in digital form (incorporating both text and visual content) will be tested and refined throughout the pilot, namely:

  • Pattern,
  • Scaffolding
  • Playful design.

Additionally, these documents will be translated into six languages – the project partners’ native languages – to ensure accessibility and inclusivity.

The piloting process and experience will inform and improve our FLeD tool, a digital platform specifically designed to facilitate the implementation of flipped learning scenarios. The tool, we hope, will potentially help us refine the resources and develop our flexible learning practices within flipped classroom.

3. Data Collection Methods for Evaluation

To evaluate the pilot and inform future practices, we employ various data collection methods including surveys, self-observation, and focus groups to gather qualitative and quantitative data. These methods will provide valuable insights into how the flipped learning scenarios are perceived and used as well as how they influence teachers engagement in flexible flipped classroom. Furthermore, face-to-face workshops will be held and delivered to encourage interaction among stakeholders, who will be discussing the use of the tool and their own practices with also an emphasis on the results and implications.

The FLeD project’s pilot design showcases a well-structured approach to testing and refining resources for flexible learning in higher education. By focusing on the main phases, resources, and data collection methods, the project aims to enhance pedagogical practices and improve student learning experiences. The use of the FLeD tool and the collaboration among partner institutions highlight the project’s commitment to innovation and its potential to shape the future of higher education. As the pilot progresses and the results unfold, the FLeD project holds the promise of transforming higher education and paving the way for a more flexible and engaging learning environment.