Blended Learning: A Flipped Classroom Experiment
William R. Slomanson
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
January 18, 2014
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 64, 2014, Forthcoming
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 2381282
The relevant classroom formats are face-to-face, virtual, and blended. The traditional classroom environment is face-to-face only. The virtual classroom is positioned on the other end of this spectrum. Blended learning merges these two approaches. A simplified description of the flipped classroom is that the professor’s lecture is delivered at home — and the student’s homework is done in class.
Like everything disruptive, online education is controversial. But the flipped classroom variation is a strategy about which most commentators agree. Law professors are just beginning to explore the related innovations that have flourished in K-12 education within the last half-decade. Undergraduate MOOCs (massive open online courses) are now being streamed to thousands of students across the country and the globe. The elite school content providers thus view online teaching as the wave of the future. The blended learning option will become a sensible step on the path toward cutting delivery costs, while making graduate education available to increasingly debt-averse students.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: legal education, teaching format, pedagogical outlook, blended learning, flipped classroom, technical education
JEL Classification: K10, K40Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 19, 2014 ; Last revised: April 29, 2014
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