Terminology The term 'Flipped Learning' was coined when teachers started delivering 'video lectures' to students to watch at home so that more lesson time is available for collaboration.
Blended Learning refers to any learning consisting of a blend of face-to-face and online modes of delivery. (Hence the traditional Flipped model is a form of Blended Learning.)
Student-centred-ness At Learn Implement Share we advocate the use of well-run, highly scaffolded, student-centred units of work. Such units can be run without a dependence on technology. However, a Blended format can be ideal for the running of a student-centred unit of work.
The online unit created can be a complete, comprehensive unit, or part of a unit. A student-centred online unit is valuable as it promotes student responsibility for learning, availing the teacher more time to individually support students.
The courses Currently, there are two courses. One course is specifically for mathematics teachers (greater focus on content delivery) while the other course is for all other Middle/High School teachers (greater focus on social and collaborative online activities). Both courses give teachers the freedom to create whatever style of flipped/blended unit best suits their situation. The courses are comprehensive learning journeys which guide participants through the myriad of decisions to be made re software, hardware and the various types of video, online systems and online pedagogy. All participants share their created online unit with their colleagues, trial it with students and report back on their implementation experience.
Possibly the most engaging PD I have done. The highlight of the course is that there is no irony in its delivery as the course is a Flipped Classroom. I was interested in the concept before doing the course, however, throughout the course I became inspired and I have since effectively invested significant time in to designing new units for my classrooms.