Flipping your class

The May 2012 Teaching Professor flyer that gets passed around had an article called “Blended Learning: A Way for Dealing with Content”.  Although it doesn’t use the term “flip” it covers many of the same principles talked about with “flipping” a class. Ideas on how to “flip” your class or “inverting” or even just using tools to make it more interactive have been around for a while and used some by HC faculty. The basic idea is to take material you would have presented in class and give it to students outside of class for them to do on their own and then use class time for more interactive activities, peer based learning, or time for faculty to have one on one, or one on small group interaction.

What seems to be increasing interest now in flipping is technology that makes it easier to have content online for viewing whenever the student wants. Besides the common “read this outside of class” which faculty have been doing for decades, more faculty are assigning online videos that show the content they want students to learn. This is as easy as putting a link to the video in a certain area of their Moodle class.

Some HC faculty have used the newer version of PPT which makes it very easy to record your audio and attach it to slides in a PPT show. Nursing faculty have just this summer put together some PPTs on specific skills. Inside these PPT’s, when students get to a certain slide, they are told to view certain videos that came with their textbook, or faculty have embedded in the PPT,  their own demonstration videos that we recorded on that skill. Students will now view the PPT and videos on their own, outside of class time.

Making major changes to a course design is not an easy or quick task.  However I would encourage you to read more about these options. Or instead of redesigning a whole course, what if you tried one of these ideas on just one lecture and see what happens.

Look in our Faculty Moodle class for specific tech tips on options for recording a presentation. 

Here are some links with more information and ideas:

Dec 2012 article in University Business Magazine  “5 Reasons Flipped Classrooms Work”

A very nice 3-minute intro video on the topic from Penn State

From the Feb 19, 2012 Chronicle of Higher Ed, “How ‘Flipping’ the Classroom Can Improve the Traditional Lecture”

An English faculty member writes a short blog post on “Pondering the “flipped classroom” in the age of online education”

Resource page from North Carolina State on the topic

Here are two links written from a K-12 perspective on flipping but both are good short summaries. I think flipping is more practical in higher ed for several reasons and also college students should be more motivated to take ownership of their own learning.

3 minute video on why a teacher flipped her class.