Can the ‘flipped classroom’ work in corporate learning?

by Brett Henebery01 Mar 2017
The ‘flipped classroom’ has taken the K-12 education space by storm. But can it work just as well in corporate learning?

According to Kate Barker, vice president at Global Human Resources executive advisor at SAP SuccessFactors, it can.

Barker – who recently spoke at the Learning & Development Masterclass held in Sydney on 30 November – said recent research shows that the concept of a ‘flipped classroom’ has proven to be well-suited for corporate learning.

“This is because it improves the learner engagement, ROI, and cost savings for enterprise Learning and Development,” she told L&D Professional.

“For many years Learning and Development Managers have strived to attain the all too illusive “70:20:10” learning model with blended learning but now with significant advances in digital learning technology, these blended learning options are now more suited to the modern learner needs.”

Barker added that learners need on-demand access to information and learning, collaboration with professional and personal networks and easily consumed information so they can feel empowered to keep ahead of rapid changes that are now making the 70:20:10 module more attainable.

“Blended Learning is not new, and for years now it has given an interesting twist to mundane training sessions like compliance training,” she explained.

“Now, with the flipped classroom model and the advancements in digital learning technology and digitally savvy employees, more progressive organisations are now getting creative with On-Boarding programs, people leadership skills and driving large-scale enterprise change.”

As part of this trend-setting revolution, SAP has offered a flipped classroom model for employees and clients since 2012. Barker pointed out that SAP also also shares its flipped classroom expertise and lessons learnt with organisations globally

“This highly self-organised learning format sets the classroom at any of its employees preferred places – no matter if at home or at work,” Barker explained.

The Flipped Classroom training model at SAP Flipped includes:
  • Online Learning Videos recorded by the SAP instructor and are free to watch at any time
  • Virtual & Live Video Sessions as meetings with the instructor and all other employees
  • Access to innovative training activities for individuals and teams
  • Weekly assessments posted to employees to check on learning progress
  • A live on-line forum through social collaboration tools for all employees to exchange and support each other

Barker said another benefit of flipped learning is that the cost of paying employees for their training time and often travel and accommodation, is reduced.

“They can tackle the virtual and on-line content during their downtime at work, or even at home,” she said.

“Flipped Classrooms are the disrupter of corporate learning and organisations that have come on-board are reaping the organisational benefits and recognised as Best Practice Leaders.”

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