Flipped Learning

Over the past few years I have been experimenting with different types and methods of flipped learning. As a result, I have changing this document as I apply new techniques and methods.

Overview

The concept of flipping a traditional classroom has been getting some attention lately in a number of locations. The concept is simple enough, instead of the teacher lecturing during valuable class time, the students watch video snippets (8 to 12 minutes long) at home to gather the content and provide valuable background information. The class time is then spent with students focusing on the discussion of the content, roleplaying, primary source analyses and other collaborative work.

Flipped Learning Goals

  • Maximizing the use of face-to-face time with your students
  • While in class you are focusing on higher order thinking skills
  • Maximizing student choice, ownership, and autonomy

Process

Step 1 – Empower the Learner

  1. Remove the idea of Chapters and Units -> change to objectives that match the required knowledge, skills and attitudes for the learner
  2. Allow the learner to devise their own plan to achieve the objective
  3. Implement Marzano’s 4-Point Rating Scale for each objective
  4. Weekly goal setting of the objectives

Step 2 – Use Technology Effectively

  1. Use WordPress or Moodle to deliver content to the learners
  2. Use Camtasea Studio to record interactive presentations
  3. Allow most learning to be done online

Step 3 – Evaluate Learning Results

  1. Design and use methods and instruments to collect learning-related data.
  2. Formulate recommendations for course redesign.

Step 4 – Foster a Learning Community

  1. Encourage interaction with the content that is posted, ignite discussions, and solicit feedback.
  2. Aim to interact with fellow teachers so as to exchange ideas on how the entire experience can be better.

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