Is the Flipped Classroom right for you?

You’ve heard the buzz phrase ‘flipping the classroom.’

What does it mean? Students watch your lecture on video outside of class. You can record your own lecture with your webcam, or find a similar one from an OER (open educational resources) database. In-class time is for homework. Or discussion. Or team projects. Have the class work together. Apply the principles from the video to a real world situation.

The flipped classroom is based around the idea that lecture-based classrooms can instill passive learning so that when the student goes to complete the work on her own there is a greater opportunity for failure. They call the flipped classroom a hot topic, but is it something for you to consider implementing as a teacher? Let’s look at some of the strengths and weaknesses to this model.

“Devoting class time to application of concepts might give instructors a better opportunity to detect errors in thinking.”
Educause Whitepaper

Advantages

  • Student engagement
  • Improved student success

Disadvantages

  • Increased workload
  • Difficulty in adopting new learning/teaching models.

I hope the disadvantages of this model don’t come across as deal breakers. The great thing is that there are fewer technology barriers than ever before. We have the technology. Why not use it? Why not take advantage of the structure we have in place to mix things up a bit and improve the system all together?

Your LMS at Keene State, whether it’s Blackboard or Canvas, supports the creation and dissemination of the kinds of rich media that make the flipped classroom possible.

For more information on creating video lectures in Blackboard, see the tutorial here

For more information on creating video lectures in Canvas, click here

Taking Attendance

attendance_registerTaking attendance in a class is a plebian but necessary task that may be eating into the time you want to spend on other classroom activities.  Aside from any attendance rules the individual professor may have, and the fact that missed classes is an early warning sign for student problems, Keene State has an attendance policy that states:

A student who misses in excess of three weeks of classes prior to the eleventh week of the semester (for any reason whatsoever) must withdraw from the course. Continue reading “Taking Attendance”