Creighton University's FLIP It Summer Teaching Institute

Use the 4-step flipped lesson planning framework to increase student engagement & improve learning. (May 13 - July 19)

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 institute, you will learn how to address the most common challenges of this model, 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 institute, 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 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."

As you work through the modules, 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. 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.

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

What's the format of the institute?

This is a 10-week online institute featuring a series of video modules and worksheets. There are 5 required video modules and 3 bonus (optional) modules.

Your institute runs from May 13 - July 19.

You will receive a biweekly email which includes information about the module you're working on, your homework assignment, and additional resources to keep you moving forward.

You can complete a module each week, a module every two weeks, or a module a day! Work at your own pace and complete all of the modules whenever it works best for you.

Even though the institute is self-paced, you are not alone!

I am in the discussion forums every day to answer questions, share resources, and offer guidance. I also send emails regularly to check in, offer encouragement, and share new resources to keep you moving forward.

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 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 facilitator, or “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 & Certificate (Optional)

To earn your certificate, you will submit a flipped lesson plan for one of your courses. Your lesson plan will be reviewed, and you will receive more advice, resources, and recommendations specific to your course 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 institute?

When the Institute opens, you will receive:

  • Instant access to all of the content in all 8 modules (5 modules + 3 bonus modules) including videos, worksheets, and templates.
  • Personalized feedback on your flipped lesson plan.
  • Instant access to the FLIP Kit which includes guided notes and resources to help you organize your ideas as you work through each module.
  • 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 share ideas, ask questions, and connect with other participants.
  • 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. It's helpful to see how other instructors have implementing the FLIP model in their classes.

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 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

“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.

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.

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 institute?
I recommend allowing yourself 1 hour per module (so, 5-8 hours total). And, if you are submitting a lesson plan for review, add an extra hour.
When does the institute start and finish?
May 13 - July 19
How do I get feedback on my lesson plan and earn a certificate?
Once you complete the 5 modules, you will submit a draft of your flipped lesson plan to Anne or Sarah for review. Your certificate will be emailed and mailed to you upon successful completion of the institute.
How long do I have access to the materials?
May 13 - July 31
[For campus coordinators] How can this institute be used on my campus?
You can integrate this institute into any professional development program on your campus. Campus packages are available. Contact me to learn more.
[For campus coordinators] 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]