The Flipped Learning Network (FLN) has announced [pdf] a formal definition of the term "flipped learning" on March 12, 2014, Two things immediately catch my attention here. First, they do not say "flipped classroom." The other attention-getter is who is the FLN? It is interesting that they do not use the more common "flipped classroom" term. They take care to draw a distinction between flipped learning and the flipped classroom. Until I chanced upon this announcement, I was unaware of any controversy or distinction that involved a definition of the concept.
If you are unfamiliar with the flipped classroom concept, head over to youtube and do a search. Their are many videos on this topic.
The FLN bill themselves as a group of experienced flipped learning educators. Their website is attractive and well-organized. Aaron Sams is at the top of their board members page. I believe he is the creator of the flipped learning model of instruction.
The flipped learning definition is published under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, from the non-profit Creative Commons organization. Whoever the FLN is, they are clearly interested in openly sharing their ideas and standards. This is commendable. They do not want others creating derivative works of their standard, so they want to keep control of it. They also do not want others deriving works and selling them for profit. Having looked and worked in the education field, I cannot help but notice all the for-profit enterprises (ETS, MetaMetrics, textbook publishers, Pearson Education, Charter Schools, ad infinitum). But, as I scrutinize the FLN website, I notice ads at the bottom of the page. There's Pearson, Sophia Learning, Cisco, Adobe, etc. This non-profit organization has some deep-pocketed corporations backing them.
A tip of the hat to Casting out Nines, a blog that posted on this new definition.