The flipped classroom is the latest style of learning, and one geared toward the realities of life in today’s fast-paced world. Many colleges and universities are turning to the flipped classroom format, as a way to address the needs of their students and to streamline the learning process. Here at the IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts, we invented the flipped classroom! The truth is that we developed the program in the format that made the most sense when it came to the most effective methods for learning. We’re not just doing things different at the IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts, we are doing different things.
The concept behind the flipped classroom is to create a teaching model in which videos replace live classroom lectures, to create valuable time for the students. The content is available at home or anywhere the student chooses to participate. In this way the student is learning for and by themselves, which can lead to higher levels of student engagement with the material. The student can take the teachings into their one-on-one time with the teachers or mentors, join a live or online classroom, begin their internship, or work with small groups in the IEL community. They can choose to watch the videos multiple times, in order to really absorb the lessons and create more face-to-face time as they learn the program.
Why does it matter how we teach or learn? At the IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts, we are dedicated to inspire others with a program that fits their lifestyle. We also want to inspire change by working with those in the program to get the best results. The certified teachers can rethink how they teach and reflect on their teaching to keep things fresh by adding content based on experience. The flipped classroom can motivate the students by improving the quality of interaction between the IEL members and the certified teachers. When a student sees others being successful with the program, they become inspired to excel with their gifts.
With every style of learning, there can be inherent challenges. One risk with the flipped classroom is that it requires a motivated participant. Without the focus, drive, and desire to do the work, success will not come easy. Each IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts member must use technology and have access to the internet for certain aspects of learning. Since one size will never fit all, the successful student must have the ability to gain knowledge through visual learning. Flipped classroom homework is still homework, so individual discipline will become a risk that will dictate the most rewarding outcome.
In order to offer the best learning experience, the IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts knows the importance of keeping things simple. All the videos are under 15 minutes long, so they are easy to drop into as time permits. We tried to keep them interesting with the colors and movement supplied by the Forsyth Crystal Light Table© and by sharing actual case studies. We wanted to offer something meaningful to add value with a system that has proven to be successful and by adding free drip content that is useful. The intent was to have a well-planned system that was organized and offered in a step-by-step approach. The best way to learn is to keep it simple by offering 2-3 main aspects to each section, as a way to have the best focus with the system of learning. We tried to make it as exciting for the student, as it is for those who have created a practice around the teachings of the IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts.
Vodcasting is being used with many teaching platforms, such as TED talks, and by many great teachers. At the IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts, every teacher can create their own great video content and each member has a voice in furthering their interests with the flipped classroom approach to learning.