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Critical questions regarding ‘flipping’

Critical questions regarding ‘flipping’

BMX bikers doing a flip off of a rampTechnology is exciting.  Technology is innovative.  It makes us think.  It makes us do!  It can change and enhance the way we teach and learn, as long as it is used thoughtfully and with a primary focus on teaching and learning goals.

Recently, we posted about ‘flipping the classroom’ and have spoken about this to many folks interested in this methodology on-campus.  As new methods and tools emerge, it’s always important to periodically reflect on your goals and practices and how those are impacting learning in the classroom–especially when technology is in the mix.

Flipping can certainly prove to be a great solution for some individuals and content areas (students and faculty), let’s take a look at some key questions raised in an article written by Kevin Makice:  Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video.

Some critical takeaways:

When flipping, it is imperative to be continually aware of what your pedagogical objectives are as well as the ways in which information is disseminated to the students.

Cautions also include staying in-tune with the balance of online components and the out of class time that students are required to devote to content that was formerly done in-class.

Something to remember:  blended courses on other campuses (courses which meet less frequently face-to-face and supplement online components for the reduced face-to-face meetings) are usually structured using a variety of instructional design methods to facilitate student learning in more efficient ways while employing technologies to do so.

Makice cites Richard Taylor’s (CMO for Echo360) caveat to be wary that “If you structure your class exactly the same way you have always done but employ it flipped…effectively what you have done is added an extra hour of class for every hour of class the student has.”

Good tips:

“Flipped” lectures/videos should be short clips (typically about 10 minutes or less of content).

In-class time is for collaborative work, project-based learning, and to practice and work on homework problems/concepts in order to allow them to learn from one another or ask for additional assistance from the instructor.

Out of class time should remain the same amount of work/time commitment as any other face-to-face class that was not being ‘flipped’.  Typically, out of class time is for lecture content, but is not for homework (e.g., attempting math problems that were introduced in the video lecture watched at home).

Have questions about ‘flipping’?  Contact EdTech!

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Everyone’s reading about “Digital Pepa-gogy”

Everyone’s reading about “Digital Pepa-gogy”

Pepa Lago-Graña, a longtime technology user, was our featured faculty in Technology Services’ Spring 2013 edition of TechNews, a quarterly publication that discusses the latest news and exciting happenings regarding technology at the University of Puget Sound.  The newsletter includes a page about educational technology and what various faculty are doing to incorporate technology into their courses.

Read the article written by Educational Technologist, Kyle Cramer, and be on the lookout for TechNews in your campus mailbox or online.

For information on what you can do to use technology in your teaching, contact Educational Technology.

Image from Spring 2013's TechNews featuring Pepa Lago-Graña seated in her office using her laptop.
Image from Spring 2013’s TechNews featuring Pepa Lago-Graña seated in her office using her laptop.

Flipping: an infographic

Flipping: an infographic

I’m a self-proclaimed infographic junky and folks have been curious about practicing flipped classrooms as of late.  Flipping the classroom entails assigning students specific content to engage with prior to meeting face-to-face.  The current trend advocates the use of technology and lecture capture via video recordings posted to a learning management system (e.g., Moodle).

Today’s infographic comes to us from EdTech Magazine via Knewton.  It should be noted that Knewton is a tech company that offers course-related technology and delivery for education [insert inherent bias here…].  Nonetheless, depending on your beliefs or curiosity when it comes to “flipping”, this is an interesting graphic discussing what the flipped classroom looks like, albeit a tad one-sided.

Can “The Flipped Classroom” Model Work in Higher Education?

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media