The Flipped Classroom
When I hear the term flipped instruction, my initial thought is the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a popular flipped instruction example with free Math, Science/Engineering, Computing, Arts/Humanities, Economics/Finance, Test Prep, and College Admissions videos available for all learners. “In the flipped classroom model, what is normally done in class and what is normally done as homework is switched or flipped” (Herreid & Schiller, 2013, p. 62). “Flipping” involves instructors recording lectures and assigning the video lectures to be watched by students as out of class assignments.
The flipped classroom is gaining popularity in the K-12 environment and higher education. Recently, I read a journal article about flipping instruction within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) college classes. The journal article: Case studies and the flipped classroom explained 13 different benefits of a flipped classroom.
Kathleen Fulton (2012) explained the numerous benefits of flipped instruction. The top three benefits of flipping instruction include: “(1) students move at their own pace; (2) doing “homework” in class gives teachers better insight into student difficulties and learning styles; (3) teachers can more easily customize and update the curriculum and provide it to students 24/7” (Herreid & Schiller, 2013, p. 62).
All disciplines (not just STEM classes) can benefit from flipping the classroom to provide time in class for “hands-on” learning and student focused active learning activities that promote engagement and collaboration.
Campbell has several resources that are suitable for “flipping” your classroom. Blackboard Collaborate and Tegrity are two tools. Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing system where you can record lectures and recordings will be conveniently available in your Blackboard course. In Blackboard Collaborate, you can also share presentation files such as PowerPoint presentations and share your screen (function only available in the Google Chrome browser). There is also a whiteboard feature in Blackboard Collaborate to explain complex content within the recorded lecture.
Tegrity is another resource for recording presentations and lectures. Within Tegrity, instructors can upload a recording, upload a video file, upload an audio file, add an additional content file, and add additional content link (all under the course tasks tab in Tegrity). Additional helpful features of Tegrity include the ability to upload to YouTube if you want the video(s) public or the video(s) can stay in Tegrity with a secure log in for only your students. To begin “flipping” your course start by reading: 7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms and Five Time-Saving Strategies for the Flipped Classroom.
Now…are you ready to “flip” for your students?
References and Additional Resources
B Honeycutt. (2016, July 11). Five time-saving strategies for the flipped classroom [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/blended-flipped-learning/five-time-saving-strategies-flipped-classroom/
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. (7). Things you should know about flipped classrooms. EDUCAUSE Creative Commons.
Fulton, K. (2012). Upside down and inside out: Flip your classroom to improve student learning. Learning & Leading with Technology, 39 (8), 12–17.
Herreid, C. F., & Schiller, N. A. (2013). Case studies and the flipped classroom. Journal of College Science Teaching, 42(5), 62–66.
Khan Academy. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.khanacademy.org/