Let's FLIP It! Your Complete Guide to the Flipped Classroom

How to use a 4-step lesson planning framework to plan, implement, and assess the flipped classroom.


Get the structure, strategies, and support you need to create successful flipped and active learning experiences.

In many learning environments, the energy is directed towards the person doing the talking (usually the instructor). When planning a lecture, you might ask, “What am I going to talk about in class today?”

In a flipped learning environment, this structure is reversed. The energy is directed towards the students. Your question becomes, “What are students going to DO in class today?”

This shift changes the whole dynamic of the learning environment and introduces a new set of challenges many students and instructors are unprepared for.

In my work, the flipped classroom isn’t just about recording videos of lectures for students to watch before class. There are so many more creative and engaging ways to FLIP it, and that’s why in my model, the FLIP means to “Focus on your Learners by Involving them in the Process.”

When you FLIP, you intentionally invert the design of a learning environment so students engage in activities, apply concepts, and focus on higher level learning outcomes during class time.

But how do you do it?

How do you organize the flipped classroom so it’s not chaotic or out of control?
What can you do to motivate students and help them see the value of it?
And, where can you find more ideas for teaching strategies to add to your course to keep it new and interesting?

These are the questions I’ve been examining as I travel throughout the United States leading workshops, speaking at conferences, and listening to faculty from around the world share their experiences teaching in the college classroom.

As a result of these conversations and experiences, I developed a 4-part framework to help you create a successful flipped learning environment.

In this online course, you will learn how to address the most common challenges of student-centered learning models, avoid "rookie" mistakes, increase student engagement, and improve learning

And, we'll do it by starting with one of YOUR lessons.

You can create a new lesson or redesign an existing lesson from one of your courses. By the end of the course, you will have a framework you can use to FLIP any lesson in any learning environment. The step-by-step process is repeatable and adaptable to any course in all disciplines.

You can do this! Let’s FLIP it!

Start with one lesson.

Over the past decade, many definitions and interpretations of the flipped classroom have emerged. This has caused frustration and confusion for both faculty and students. It's important to recognize that the flipped classroom is not just about videos. And it's not "all or none."

As you complete the course, you will:

  • Expand your definition of the flipped classroom model. You will create a definition that works for you, your students, and your discipline.

  • Learn where to find "flippable moments" in your course and what to do when you find one. If something you're doing works as it is, leave it alone. You don't have to redesign every lesson in your course.

  • Examine strategies to avoid getting overwhelmed. If you try to do too much too fast, you will burn out or give up before you and your students have had a chance to see how valuable and rewarding the FLIP can be.

  • Implement strategies to address student resistance. Many students enjoy the flipped classroom environment, but it's different than what they've experienced before. You have to help students prepare for their new roles and responsibilities in the flipped classroom. This course includes many strategies you can use to help students through this process.

  • FLIP one lesson. As you move through the course, you will create a flipped lesson plan for one of your courses. You can create a new lesson or redesign an existing lesson that isn't working like you want it to. Once you know how to use the 4-step lesson planning framework for one lesson, you will be able to apply it over and over again to any lesson you want to FLIP. I've used the model to plan meetings, faculty development workshops, conference sessions, and I even flipped a job interview!

What's the format of the course?

It's a self-paced online course featuring 8 pre-recorded video modules. Each module includes worksheets, assignments, and additional resources to support your learning.

It's designed as a self-study course. You can work at your own pace. Complete 1 module a week or move through the modules faster or slower depending on your schedule.

Even though the course is self-paced, you are not alone! I frequently check the discussion forums to answer questions, share resources, and offer guidance.

Each video module is 25-40 minutes and includes:

  1. A real case study, story, or example.
  2. A worksheet you can complete as you work through the content for that module.
  3. A featured “rookie mistake” so you’ll know what to avoid when planning your flipped lesson.
  4. A “pro tip” to help you save time and avoid some of the most common mistakes.
  5. Three flipped teaching strategies you can use in your lessons to increase student engagement and assess learning.
  6. A homework assignment so you can apply what you’ve learned in the module.
  7. Helpful articles, checklists, and templates related to the topic of the module.
  8. A private discussion forum within each module you can use to ask questions and share ideas with other participants.
  9. A copy of the slides so you can follow along during the video.
  10. A transcript of the video.

Here's an overview of the 8 modules:

Module 1: Deciding What to FLIP (watch module 1 for free)

Why it’s important for you to define the FLIP and where to look for flippable moments.

Module 2: Brainstorming Your Flipped Lesson

How to decide what goes “in” and “out” of the classroom.

Module 3: Planning and Organizing Your Flipped Lesson, Part 1

How to organize your flipped lesson and design effective pre-class assignments. Includes example lessons from previous students in the course.

Module 4: Planning and Organizing Your Flipped Lesson, Part 2

How to design engaging in-class learning experiences.

Module 5: Adjusting to Your New Role in the Classroom

How to become facilitator, or “guide on the side,” in the flipped classroom.

Module 6: Assessing Learning

How to create an assessment plan for your flipped classroom.

Module 7: Addressing Student Resistance

How to address student resistance, preparation, and motivation and help students adjust to their new roles and responsibilities.

Module 8: Managing Your Time, Energy, and Priorities

How to avoid burnout and feeling overwhelmed.

How the Course is Designed:

This course is based on a series of faculty development workshops I have facilitated for more than 100 campuses and conferences around the world. Thousands of professors, instructors, instructional designers, faculty development professionals, teaching assistants, and educators have completed all or some of this course in either online or face-to-face settings.

The modules have been carefully designed to address the most frequently asked questions instructors and students have about flipped classrooms and active learning environments. Every module includes a real case study from my travels and specific flipped strategies you can use in your course to move towards more active, student-centered learning environments. No "fluff" here. It's all relevant, applicable, and ready to be adapted to your course.


“Great course. I appreciate all of the templates, advice, and excellent resources! And thank you for modeling the flipped approach in your modules.”

What’s included in the course?

  • Instant access to all of the content in all 8 modules including videos, worksheets, and templates.
  • Instant access to the FLIP Kit which includes guided notes and resources to help you organize your ideas as you work through each module.
  • Instant access to The Quick Flipped Lesson Planning Checklist so you'll have a quick, handy reference sheet.
  • Access to the private discussion forums in each module so you can ask questions and get more resources.
  • Lesson planning templates and worksheets you can use to design your lessons and keep track of your ideas.
  • Example lesson plans from participants who have completed the course. Sometimes it's helpful to see how other instructors have implementing the FLIP model in their classes.
  • Instant access to the free e-book "The FLIP It Success Guide"
  • Lifetime access to all course content (including updated materials added in the future).

What others have said...

"This course has been extremely helpful in helping me to look at the flipped classroom concept more openly. It has provided me with a process, information on carrying out the process and how to evaluate my teaching strategies. The concepts presented related to student learning, can also be used by me (the instructor) as I learn to embrace this new form of teaching. Thank you for your instruction and all the great resources." --J. Worster, 2018 Participant

"Thank you for this great online course. I've really enjoyed the incremental steps that encourage me to think about what it takes for the students to achieve the goal of the class. I have been flipping at a pretty intense level for a couple of years and I know this process will help make me more effective and hopefully have less resistant, more satisfied, learners." --E. Steffen, 2018 Participant

“Several of our faculty took this course in preparation for a curriculum revision we are planning. We will be moving to a hybrid model of instruction for our accelerated nursing program. We have all found this information to be extremely helpful. Thank you for putting together such excellent course materials.” --Anne Schoening, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor, Faculty Development Coordinator, Creighton University College of Nursing

“I have been using various constructivist methodologies for nearly two decades, and while I have grown to be very, very comfortable with the "loose" structures that characterize this approach, I have struggled around how to create a coherent architecture for a class. Dr. Honeycutt’s model has solved this problem for me. This model has given me the framework I needed to build the logic model for any class. I have been using the framework consistently with great results. Needless to say, it was one of those pivotal moments for me, providing tools that will influence my career for many years to come.” -David S. Bright, Ph.D., Professor of Organizational Behavior and Organization Development,
Raj Soin College of Business, Wright State University


“This course has changed my perspective on what it means to "flip"a class and how to be intentional when doing it. Love all the excellent resources!”

Your Instructor

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

Hi, I'm Barbi! I know how challenging it is to come up with new, creative ways to engage your students. Every day, when you arrive (or login) 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.

I facilitate in-person workshops, teach online professional development courses, and create resources to help educators increase student engagement and improve learning. I work with professors, instructors, faculty development professionals, instructional designers, graduate students, postdocs, and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to teach and design engaging learning experiences. I have been working in faculty development for 18 years.

Prior to starting my own business in 2011, I directed a teaching and learning center and directed professional development programs for graduate students and postdocs who want to learn how to teach effectively in the college classroom.

Whether you're designing your first course or you've been teaching for many years, the resources I share will help you design engaging lessons, teach with confidence, and improve student learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to complete the course?
About 5-8 hours total.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you enroll. You get instant access to ALL of the course materials. This is a self-study course, so you can work through the modules at your own pace. You get lifetime access to the whole course,
How long do I have access to the course materials?
You have lifetime access to all materials. As long as the institute exists, you will be able to access the content (including updated content added in the future).
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I want you to be satisfied with your purchase. However, if the institute 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. See the complete refund policy for details.
How can this course be used on my campus?
You can integrate this course into any of your professional development programs. The campus package includes 1-year access for any number of participants. Participants will be able to create their own account, login, and password. They will be able to work through the course at their own pace, or you may decide to create a blended or flipped professional development program to go along with the course. It's up to you!
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]
Are discounts available if I want to purchase more than 1 course?
Yes. The more courses you order, the higher the discount. Send me an email and tell me which courses you are interested in, and I will send you more information. Email: [email protected]

Get started!