The “Flipped Classroom” is an exciting and engaging model of instruction. This method of instruction puts the learning in the hands of the learner and asks the educator to facilitate the learning process. The guiding philosophy behind the “flipped” model asks educators and students to change their attitudes towards a classroom experience. K-12 education has seen a movement to this model and the methods are beginning to manifest themselves in higher education. At some point in the near future students will no longer see a “flipped” model as the new model but the traditional model of instruction. Students have access to a world of information wherever they are due to increased access to online educational resources. It is up to educators to keep up with the changing educational climate.
Instructional Design and design methods like ADDIE can help educators prepare for a changing educational landscape. Instructional Design asks educators to look at their courses from a baseline level and create from this baseline. The core of education will always be the learning objective. No matter what technology or learning method is used, students will still be expected to reach an objective. The difference will be in how studentswill still be expected to reach an objective. The difference will be in how students reach this goal. Due to the fact that the learning objective will always be the core, Instructional Design can help educators evolve for an evolving educational environment. Through systematic design, education can flourish.