Technology plays a primary role in my teaching, but I rarely turn on the computer that makes the classroom “smart.”
In case you missed the ACS Hangout on October 22, you can catch up with your colleagues when it’s convenient.
In "Turning Education Upside Down," Tina Rosenberg writes about how the entire school moved to flipped classes and the outcome it had on student learning.
Tutorial for using Google Hangouts to flip your class. Written by Keith Hamon and published on Fractus Learning.
Last semester, I listened to Dr. Jennifer Spohrer’s presentation, Blended Learning in a Liberal Arts Setting, hosted by NITLE. While blended / flipped learning offers the opportunity to engage with students in a different way, one point of pain for faculty is time. It takes time to create lessons. It takes time to record lectures. It takes time to edit video.
One lesson I learned early on when I worked on digital library projects was to embrace the three R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse, and recycle. It all comes back to time and using your time effectively. Just because you can code something, doesn’t mean you should. The same applies to flipped lessons. As a subject expert in your discipline, you can create online lessons for your students to view. Of course, being a subject expert does not you are necessarily a wonderful online lecturer, but still you can create an online lesson. The question is should you?
Reduce Time and Reuse Preëxisting Lectures
A great start for faculty members who want to test out flipped learning without investing a lot of time is to locate lectures which they may use in their classes. Don’t organize a whole class around flipped learning, but find one or two videos that seem pertinent. Two resources are Knowmia and TED-Ed. Due to a cluttered design, over abundance of ads, and unfortunate name, I’ll mention TeacherTube as another site that exists, but one you may not want to use.