Inverted Classroom

Acquiring knowledge outside the lecture hall—processing, deepening, and applying content on-site

In the Inverted Classroom learning model, students acquire the learning content at home with the help of learning videos or podcasts. Learners can fast-forward, rewind, replay, or pause the videos at their own learning pace. The face-to-face course later builds on the already acquired knowledge and focuses on its practical application and the learners’ needs. Further questions can be discussed in plenary sessions; students can be given immediate feedback on their task performance; case studies are discussed in small groups and projects are done in small teams. The acquired knowledge is deepened and put into practice. What used to happen at home in isolated individual work is now taking place in the classroom, benefiting from social exchange with the peers and the closer interaction with the lecturers. The role of the lecturer changes accordinglly—their contribution shifts from that of a  "disseminator of knowledge" to that of "a guidance person" in the processing and application of knowledge.
Bild zum Vergleich zwischen traditioneller Vorlesung und einem Inverted Classroom
«The Flipped Classroom» by AJC1,

What are the advantages?

“Flipping” a classroom in sense of the “Inverted Classroom Model” is an effective strategy for several reasons:

  • individual learning speeds are taken into account
  • the stronger activation of students leads to more in-depth knowledge
  • in addition to subject-specific knowledge, social and multidisciplinary skills are also being promoted, and
  • all people involved receive increased feedback: the lecturers on the comprehensibility of their explanations and the students' level of knowledge, the students on their own level of knowledge and on that of their fellow students


More information

Prof. Dr. Christian Spannagel (PH Heidelberg) offers an informative overview of the method "Inverted Classroom" in the following video:


We also recommend the Wiki of the Freie Universität Berlin (in German). It provides detailed information about the "Inverted Classroom" approach and offers interesting modules for personal development. We would also like to draw your attention to the video by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Handke, in which the teaching/learning scenario "Flipped Classroom" is explained in detail.


The iLUB-team supports you in using the "Inverted classroom Model" and defining suitable deployment scenarios for your courses and projects.