The concept of the “flipped classroom” has become the education world’s darling within the past few years.


In a flipped classroom, students watch their professors’ lectures online before class, while spending class time working on hands-on, “real world” problems.


The potential of the model has many educators thrilled — it could be the end of vast lecture halls, students falling asleep and boring, monotone professors.


But four professors at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. who are studying the effectiveness of a flipped classroom have bad news for advocates of the trend: it might not make any difference.

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