Answer to "What do you do if your students complain that Flipped Lectures means they are 'not being taught' "


According to Tip 6 of twelve tips for “flipping” the classroom mentioned by Jennifer Moffett, class time should be used creatively and effectively (Moffett, 2015). So if my students complain the flipped lecture means they are ’not being taught’, I will reflect whether my class time of flipped classroom is creatively and effectively. In the article “She Didn’t Teach. We Had to Learn it Ourselves” Maryellen Weimer (2014) also mentioned that the students complain that their teacher does nothing during class time. This might be due to teachers not fully understanding the concept of the flipped classroom. Interaction and discussion during the class time, embedding and building on the teaching materials outside the classroom, is important. In fact, in a good flipped classroom, teachers spend more time and effort giving students ‘flipped’ rather than ‘traditional’ lectures. In-class activities should be well-designed.  The “Seven Steps to Flipped Learning Design: A Workbook” written by Robert Talbert (2018) can give direction for preparing flipped lectures. Also check out Robert Talbert’s blogs (Talbert, 2014, 2017).


Moffett, J. (2015) ‘Twelve tips for “flipping” the classroom’, Medical Teacher, 37(4), pp. 331–336.

Talbert, R. (2014) Flipped learning skepticism: Is flipped learning just self-teaching?, The Chronicle of Higher Education. Available at: (Accessed: 12 March 2019).

Talbert, R. (2017) Myths and Facts About Flipped Learning, EDUCAUSE Review. Available at: (Accessed: 12 March 2019).

Talbert, R. (2018) Seven Steps to Flipped Learning Design. Available at: (Accessed: 12 March 2019).

Weimer, M. (2014) ‘"She Didn’t Teach. We Had to Learn it Ourselves.”’, The Teaching Professor, 10 September. Available at: (Accessed: 12 March 2019).