Another great reason to web-enhance your classes is to really take advantage of and maximize the face-to-face class (f2f) time you have with your students so that you can focus on higher order cognitive skills. This approach — integrating homework that uses instructional technology to maximize interaction in the classroom — has recently been termed the “Flipped Classroom”.

What flipping your class means is that you deliver content through videos and short 4-5 minute mini-lectures and quizzes/self-assessments to students outside of the classroom (who can then review material multiple times as needed) so that your time in the class can be spent engaging students in discussions, project-based learning, and groupwork. This also frees you up to spend time in your f2f class aiding students who may need more support understanding key concepts. The emphasis in the classroom is not about lecturing, but about gearing f2f instruction towards the needs of your students.

As with incorporating technology and a change in teaching approach into a classroom environment, flipping a class takes time and careful preparation. Before you explore flipping, you might want to make certain of a few things:

  • Students need to have access to the internet and technology.
  • The content you find or create is short and meaningful.
  • You include a way to ensure that students have accessed & viewed the content (through a short quiz or online discussion).
  • You are comfortable using student-centered teaching methods & approaches in your f2f classes (structured groupwork, in-class discussions, collaborative projects).

learner training(explicitly preparing your students for student-centered in-class work)

“7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms.” EDUCASE. EDUCASE Learning Initiative, 7 Feb 2012. Web. 6 Aug 2012.

Miller, Andrew . “Five Best Practices for the Flipped Classroom .” Technology Integration Blog., 24 Feb 2012. Web. 10 Aug. 2012.

Tucker, Bill. “The Flipped Classroom: Online Instruction at Home Frees Class Time for Learning.” Education Next. 12.1 n. page. Web. 6 Aug. 2012.

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