FLIP It Certificate Course: How to Create a Flipped Learning Environment

Create a flipped lesson plan, earn a certificate, and go FLIP it!

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 over the past seven years as I traveled throughout the United States leading workshops, speaking at conferences, and listening to faculty specifically addressing the most challenging parts of the flipped classroom model.

As a result of these experiences, I created a 4-part framework to help you figure out what to FLIP, how to organize a successful flipped learning experience, and how to create strategies to engage students and improve learning.

You can do this! Let’s FLIP it!

Start with one lesson.

Over the past few years, 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."

When you work through the course, you will:

  • Expand your definition of the flipped classroom model. Make it work for you, your students, and your discipline.

  • Learn how to find "flippable moments" in your course. 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 prevent getting overwhelmed. If you try to do too much too fast, you will burn out or give up on the approach 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 model, but it's different than what they've experienced before. You have to prepare students for their new roles and responsibilities in the flipped classroom. Remember, just as you are learning how to teach in the flipped classroom, your students are learning how to learn in the flipped classroom.

  • FLIP one lesson. You will create a flipped lesson plan for one of your courses. 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.

What's the format of the course?

This is a 5-week online course featuring a series of video modules and worksheets (plus bonus modules).

You will receive a weekly email which includes information about that week's module and additional resources.

You can complete 1 module each week, or you can work at your own pace and complete all of the modules whenever it works best for you.

If you want to earn the certificate (it's optional), you'll need to meet the deadline for submitting your lesson plan.

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 avoid some of the most common mistakes.
  5. Three flipped teaching strategies so you can add more ideas to your classes.
  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 for asking questions and sharing ideas.
  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 5 modules (+ 3 bonus modules!)

Week 1: Deciding What to FLIP

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

Week 2: Brainstorming Your Flipped Lesson

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

Week 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.

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

How to design engaging in-class learning experiences.

Week 5: Adjusting to Your New Role in the Classroom

How to become a “guide on the side” in the flipped classroom.

(Bonus!) Module 6: Assessing Learning

How to create an assessment plan for your flipped classroom.

(Bonus!) Module 7: Addressing Student Resistance

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

(Bonus!) Module 8: Managing Your Time, Energy, and Priorities

How to avoid burnout and feeling overwhelmed.

Final Assignment & Coaching Session (Optional)

If you want to earn the certificate, you will create and submit a flipped lesson plan for one of your courses. I will personally review the plan with you. I will offer advice, additional ideas, and recommendations and resources to ensure you are ready to FLIP your lesson.


“Great course. I appreciate all of the templates, advice, and excellent resources! And thank you for modeling the flipped approach in your modules.” –Summer 2017 Participant

What’s included in the course?

When you enroll, you will receive:

  • Instant access to all of the content in all 8 modules (5 modules + 3 bonus modules) including videos, worksheets, and templates.
  • Personal feedback on your flipped lesson plan (if working towards certificate)
  • Instant access to the FLIP Kit which includes guided notes and resources to help you organize your ideas as you work through each module.
  • Access to the private discussion forums in each module.
  • Example lesson plans from participants who have completed the course.
  • Lifetime access to all course content.
  • Certificate of completion (optional). Printed and mailed directly to you when you complete the course!

What others have said...

“Several of our faculty took this course in preparation for a curriculum revision we are planning for January. 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

“Dr. Honeycutt’s model associates flipping as a philosophy of teaching rather than as a teaching gimmick.” –Summer 2016 Participant

FLIP a Lesson” was worth the registration for the entire conference!!! I learned so much from Dr. Honeycutt’s session.” --Participant who took the course in-person during a pre-conference workshop

“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. Even more, it provides a great framework for designing entire curricula. 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 flipping and how to be intentional when doing it. Love all the excellent resources!” --Faculty Member, Summer 2017

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 course?
I recommend allowing yourself 1 hour/week (total = 5 hours). If you are earning the certificate, add 1-3 hours overall to complete your lesson plan, review it with me, and revise as needed (total = 8 hours).
When does the course start and finish?
The course begins when you enroll. You will receive 1 email a week for 5 weeks to help you move forward and stay on track. You can complete 1 module each week, or you can move faster and complete all of the modules at one time or whenever it works best for your schedule.
How do I earn my certificate?
Once you complete the 5 modules, you will submit a draft of your flipped lesson plan to me for review. I will offer recommendations, advice, and additional resources specific to your lesson and your course. Then you will fill in an online form and your certificate will be mailed directly to you. (The certificate is optional. If you don't want to complete the certificate, that's okay. You still have the same access to all of the course content, but without the coaching session).
How long do I have access to the course?
You have lifetime access to all course materials. As long as the course exists, you will be able to access the content.
What if I am unhappy with the 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 this course be used 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]
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