10 “Unplugged” Flipped & Active Learning Strategies

Unplug the devices, put away the slides, and mix things up with these no-tech flipped and active learning strategies.

You don't have to be a technology guru to FLIP your class!
Here are 10 strategies you can use to engage
students without technology.

There are so many conversations about teaching with technology, especially in flipped and active learning classrooms. But, sometimes it’s nice to mix things up, step back, and connect with our students in different ways. Sometimes the screens get in the way.

In this 1 hour mini-course, you will explore how to reconnect with your students by unplugging the devices for part of a lesson or for a few lessons throughout the semester.

I encourage you to be creative and take anoher look at how you can use “everyday” office supplies in new ways to engage students and improve learning!

Let’s FLIP it!

What "unplugged" tools do you want to try?

In each strategy, you will explore ways to use sticky notes, index cards, flip charts, playing cards, worksheets, and dice to increase student engagement, encourage collaboration, and improve learning.

All of the strategies be adapted to take less than 5 minutes or expanded to a whole class session. You can integrate any of these ideas into one of your existing lectures, seminars, or discussions or use these ideas to create new lesson plans.


In a 2013 study, students used a digital device an average of 11.6 times each day for non-class related activities (McCoy, 2013).

90% of the students admitted it caused them to become distracted and miss instruction.

(no kidding...)

What’s included in the mini-course?

This is a self-paced on-demand mini-course featuring 2 video modules. When you enroll, you will receive:

  • Instant access to 3 videos (1 hour total) featuring all 10 strategies, research findings, and recommendations.
  • Instant access to the guided notes outline to help you take notes and organize your ideas.
  • Instant access to the planning worksheet which includes essential questions to answer before use an unplugged strategy.
  • Instant access to the resource packet which includes bonus articles to give you more strategies and advice.
  • Instant access to the private discussion forum to ask questions and share ideas.
  • Instant access to the presentation slides.
  • Instant access to the video transcripts.
  • Lifetime access to all course content.

"My students said they appreciated the opportunity to meet other students and not have to sit through another PowerPoint presentation. Looking forward to trying another idea soon! Thanks!"

This mini-course is for you if...

  • you are ready to try a few new teaching strategies to increase student engagement and improve learning.
  • you want to encourage your students to put down the phones, close the laptops, and connect with each other and the course material in new ways.
  • you are ready to turn off the projector, put away your slides (just for a little while...), and connect with your students in new ways.

Your Instructor

Barbi Honeycutt, Ph.D.
Barbi Honeycutt, Ph.D.

It’s challenging to come up with new, creative ways to engage your students. Every day, when you arrive (or log in) to your classroom, you are responsible for creating a space for students to learn from you and from each other.

It’s not an easy task! But, you can do it! I can help.

Hi, I’m Barbi, and I create professional development resources to help you involve your learners and increase engagement in the classroom. The resources I provide are grounded in theory, informed by research, and designed for practical application.

Throughout the past 16 years, I have facilitated more than 3,100 professional development events (workshops, webinars, podcasts, and online courses) for more than 16,000 educators throughout the world. My areas of expertise are in faculty development, teaching and learning in higher education, and professional development for graduate students and postdocs.

My goal is to support you in your pursuit of teaching excellence. When you are successful, your students will be successful. And that’s why I dedicate my energy to supporting you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to complete this mini-course?
1 hour to watch the 3 videos and 10-30 minutes to complete the optional planning worksheet.
When does the mini-course start and finish?
The mini-course starts when you enroll. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the mini-course?
You have lifetime access to all course materials. As long as the course exists, you will be able to access the content. (Note: If you are purchasing the campus package, you get unlimited access for any number of participants for 1 year from purchase date.)
What if I am unhappy with the mini-course?
I want you to be satisfied with the course(s) you purchase. However, if the course is not helping you meet your goals, you are eligible to receive a 100% refund. In the event that you decide your purchase was not the right decision, within 30 days of purchase, contact me to request your refund.
How can I use this course on my campus?
You can integrate this course into any professional development program on your campus. Bulk discounts are available for more than 10 participants. Campus packages are available. Contact me to learn more.
What methods of payment are accepted?
All major credit cards are accepted. Enroll in the course by clicking on any of the “enroll” buttons throughout the website. If your organization requires a purchase order or check to submit payment, send me an email and we'll start working on the process: [email protected]