Engaging a student in learning by doing can be very powerful, and a flipped classroom approach does just this.
While leaving someone to learn on their own may not be ideal for all, it does give each student a chance to process and explore information at their own pace prior to coming to class, such as in a video or multimedia presentation online.
With the responsibility on the learner, to view material beforehand in order to be able to participate and be fully engaged in the in-class portion, it forces students to take a active rather than passive approach to learning.
When in class, rather than being spoken at about a subject matter, students can participate in discussion, activities or simulations to enhance their understanding of material, rather than trying to absorb and apply in a time restricted setting.
This can contribute to enhanced student-instructor interaction, increased student engagement, and lends to offering accessible modes of learning.
Flipped learning is a highly debated topic, to learn more about this approach at the Flipped learning network