International Faculty Members

Group 301: Defining the Gold Standard for Flipped Training

Welcome to Group 301! You are now a founding member of the FLGI International Faculty, and we have been anticipating your arrival for months.

We are now ready to apply our collective talents, experiences, insights, and energy to an initiative that can profoundly change the course of learning around the globe. If we were part or any other group working on any other education-related project, we would be hesitant to make this claim. But this is not just any group and Flipped Learning is not just any instructional model.  So grounded in radical humility and awareness of the very real potential of this group, today we set out to establish the gold standard for Flipped Learning worldwide.


Interest in Flipped Learning is breaking out all over the world. The ranks of people doubting the efficacy or Flipped Learning is shrinking while the numbers of people embracing Flipped Learning are expanding. This is good and bad news. The good news is that Flipped Learning has moved beyond pioneers and early adopters and broken into the mainstream of education.  The bad news is that:

  • The current “state of the art” of Flipped Learning is not broadly understood.
  • Most Flipped Learning is still occurring in silos and is often disconnected from evolving best practices or the latest research.
  • To many, Flipped Learning is largely about using videos, and the rest is just a matter of personal opinion and individual preferences.

Because there are no globally established standards there is a lot that can go wrong and a lot often does.

The Five Big Challenges

The goal of the Flipped Learning Global Initiative is to support the successful adoption of Flipped Learning worldwide.  The five challenges we routinely face in that effort are:

  • People who still don’t see the value of Flipped Learning.
  • People or schools who fail with Flipped Learning due to poor execution, and then damage the perception of Flipped Learning in their community.
  • People who have successfully practiced Flipped Learning in a silo and are convinced they know all they need to know.
  • People who build training programs based on their successful, but very narrow or outdated, experience with Flipped Learning.
  • Companies that misuse the Flipped Learning label to promote products and services that aren’t fully aligned with the best global research and best practices.

Creating a gold standard for Flipped Learning can help us meet and overcome each of these challenges.


We’ve devised a five-step process to define the elements of the gold standard:

  • Compile a list of proposed gold-standard criteria submitted anonymously from International Faculty members, research fellows, and the FLGI leadership team. DONE
  • Create an aggregated list of the relevant criteria and submit the full list to the Faculty to anonymously rate the value of each criterion. DONE
  • Supplement the poll with a Group 301 forum discussion on the gold standard criteria. DONE
  • The leadership team will review the polling data, forum discussions and draft the criteria for FLGI training.
  • Publish the gold standard for Flipped Learning training for final review and comments.

The Elements of the Gold Standard

We’ve set up an open-ended anonymous survey to collect the proposed criteria for the gold standard for the Flipped Learning training.  To submit your proposed criteria, go to the link below and follow the instructions to answer the two questions:

  • What criteria should be included in the “Gold Standard ” for Flipped Learning training?
  • What mistakes should be avoided in Flipped Learning training?

*After* you have submitted your recommendations,  join the discussion in the Group 301 Setting Gold Standard Forum