Integrating Your Online and Flipped Classroom Environment

Effective flipped classes carefully integrate online coursework with classroom activities to create a holistic learning experience. By designing your flipped classes so that the learning activities in the classroom and online environments coherently build upon each other, you can promote interest in the material and enhance learning.

  • Consider ways in which student time and effort can move across online and classroom environments so that students are engaged with both settings. Integrating them amplifies engagement in both, demonstrating that attending class meetings and completing online work are important to success. 
  • One way to connect online and classroom settings is by assigning low stakes problems or discussion questions based on the video material. In some cases, students might complete those online assignments out of class, and in other cases, they might start work that will be continued in class. Also consider the reverse:  Is there work that students might begin in class that they can continue to do online?
  • Another way of connecting the online and classroom settings is to bring the online environment into the classroom. Give students a task to do in their course site during classtime. At the end of class, for example, ask them to post a short note on a particularly muddy point or a compelling idea from that day. Or,  in class open the course site for students to view and engage with work they posted. In classes with precepts, the groups can collaborate in their meetings on their group assignments. After uploading their work, other groups or individual students across precept sections can compare or learn from each other by commenting online or by engaging with the work in class.
  • Use the online activity and data from your course site as feedback to identify particular areas that need further attention in class. Conversely, in-class feedback from students can reveal immediate areas of difficulty or misconceptions. You can provide additional online support and encouragement with additional work or instructional material based on these areas.

McGraw Center staff are available to consult individually with faculty on designing effective activities for their flipped classes as well as for creating interactive online course environments. Contact us at

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