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New Project to Launch Global Standards for Flipped Training

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI) has introduced a new effort to establish international standards for flipped training. The standards are meant to ensure that educators are trained using the most current global research and best practices in flipped learning, according to a news announcement.

According to data collected by FLGI, 80 percent of flipped learning practitioners and trainers are three to five years behind current best practices, and training quality varies widely. "I've traveled over 600,000 miles on six continents facilitating training on the principles and best practices of flipped learning. I've found that most flipped educators and trainers are practicing in silos. The overwhelming majority of even the best practitioners are unaware that global best practices even exist," said Jon Bergmann, chief academic officer for FLGI. "It's disquieting to see flipped educators learning outdated practices. Many are being taught flipped learning in a vacuum by people who learned and practiced in a vacuum, so they just don't know that there are more advanced practices."

Version 1.0 of the global standard, which applies to training facilitated by the FLGI, establishes 25 criteria for flipped training, including:

  • Training based on the most current global research;
  • Training grounded in global best practices;
  • An ongoing post-training support system;
  • The ability to deliver training that is culturally responsive to the local community;
  • Completion of a rigorous and required international training program for all instructors;
  • Emphasize and embed global collaboration in the training;
  • Proven competence in collaborating across time zones, cultures and disciplines;
  • Training based on the latest [FLGI] Flipped Learning 3.0 framework; and
  • Include a system to ensure trainer competency and currency.

In addition to the standards, the FLGI project will involve a global outreach to flipped learning practitioners and the launch of an online Global Standards Community.

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative is a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders created to support the adoption of flipped learning around the world. For more information, visit the FLGI site.

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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