Best-In-Class – Inspiration for Your Flipped Classroom

You’ve read how to convince your colleagues that flipping the classroom is a good idea.

You know there’s more than one way to flip a classroom.

The next question we hear from educators new to the inverted classroom is simple — how does the flipped classroom actually work in the real world? To share some inspiration (and best practices), we’ve compiled three great examples of classroom flipping that’s going on right now using Panopto.

1.    University of Birmingham

Dr Jeremy Pritchard at the University of Birmingham in the UK calls his experiments with flipped classroom “the most exciting teaching I’ve done in 20 years”.  He sends out lectures and ‘how-to’ videos in advance so that students come to his live sessions prepared and ready for more in-depth or interactive work. What is his specific spin on flipping? Well, he has found that formally tying in the flipped sessions to the final exam assessment gives students a compelling reason to both view the recording and attend the live ‘lecture’. As they’ve already reviewed core course content before the face-to-face session, they are more engaged and can ask more detailed questions. You can read about his journey with the flipped classroom here.

2.    Stonehill College

Another biologist doing great things with the flipped classroom is Professor Bronwyn Bleakley at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Her take on the flipped classroom? As she puts it “I use technology in my classroom to get technology out of my classroom”. For Professor Bleakley, sharing video content with students before class means that she can focus the class on ‘active learning’. For her, this ability to use face-to-face time for group discussions, Q&A on the lesson, role playing and other hands-on learning activities is invaluable. Video helps provide the foundation for knowledge transfer, while ‘active learning’ in class pushes students’ understanding to the next level. You can read about her journey with the flipped classroom here.

3.    Eastern Michigan University

Professor Frank Fedel has been flipping his classes at Eastern Michigan University for some time now. For him, and many of his colleagues, the ‘reverse instruction’ technique at the heart of flipping the classroom allows students to absorb core learning materials at a rate that suits them. As he points out: “students don’t all learn at the same rate…and we can’t adjust the pace of our live lectures to accommodate the entire range of student abilities. Having a recorded version allows students to control the presentation themselves and learn at their own pace.” By providing recordings that support the students’ learning, contact time can be used for group discussions, collaborative projects, and practical demonstrations.  What’s his take on why flipping works? Because it helps him offer his students a ‘virtual classroom’ that is “technologically savvy, collaboratively intelligent, and fun to use.” You can read about his journey with the flipped classroom here.

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Published: May 01, 2014