Flipped Classrooms for Faster Credentials

PMI Southern Alberta Chapter

Mike Griffiths is a consultant and trainer who help organizations improve performance through shared leadership, agility and (un)common sense. He maintains the blog LeadingAnswers.com.


Topics: Career Development

My last article on why We Should All be Learners explained how today’s knowledge worker projects are all about learning effectively. This article explains how new technology can deliver a more effective and enjoyable learning experience. So, whether you are studying for your PMP® credential, cramming on blockchain technology or learning conversational Spanish, blended learning is something you should be aware of.

Blended learning combines online resources with in-person instruction. Both approaches have been available for many years, but their combination has recently given rise to what’s called the “flipped classroom” model that is both new and very effective. If you have ever experienced painfully slow or incomprehensibly fast lectures, or the problems of trying to coordinate group activities outside of class, then blended learning with a flipped classroom model might be just the ticket.

It works like this: Lecture materials are made available online outside of class time and people consume them at their own pace, whenever they like. If you already know something, just skip it; if it’s difficult or mind-boggling, pause it, repeat it or access additional resources. You control the delivery speed of lessons, how much time you dedicate to it and when you consume it. So, if you are an early bird, use the mornings; a night owl, then use the …

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"There is more to life than increasing its speed."

- Mahatma Gandhi