Hi. Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on the buzzphrase or paradigm shift "Flip The Classroom"?
Yes, I've watched Salman Khan's talk on TED, and was quite blown away by the coolness of the LMS. From what I understand, flipping the classroom is about where students view lecture material (online videos or presentations) pre-lecture and post-lecture time. In Salman Khan's Academy, students engaged in the LMS with a game-like formative assessment system (10 correct answers in a row to proceed to the next level or topic). So during the scheduled lecture time, the facilitator is having more quality time interacting with the students who do exercises and tutorials in the class itself. So contact time becomes more of student learning time as opposed to the traditional lecturer teaching time.
I teach Information Technology at my college. In my (just concluded) semester, I spent more time in summarising chapters through bubbl.us mindmaps as compared to using the full 2-hour slot to explain "sleep inducing" Powerpoints of IT chapters. The "Sage on the Stage" approach I used in the past led to many yawns and bored looks among my student. I also spent a fair bit of time in the computer lab on practical work like MovieMaker and video editing and Weebly website creation - this was to prepare them for their assignment.
My moodle site had lots of Powerpoints, converted into iSpring flash presentations. I expected and instructed the students to view those presentations before the next scheduled classtime. I also gave them open-book quizzes which would close at midnight at each deadline.
I have only just found out about the Flip The Classroom paradigm. Most of my students did not spend much time online. The only time I noticed at least 10 to 15 students online was during the quiz deadline days. Out of 24 students not more than the 3 or 4 faithful were online almost everyday. And out of the 24, four did not have Internet access at home - they went to their friends' houses to do the online quizzes.
Not everyone read the notes or viewed the video/flash presentations prior to the next class. And I still had to give the odd "I speak they listen to me" type of powerpoint presentation. Information technology for business students isn't the same as mathematics, financial accounting or statistics where there is much working to be done.
I haven't managed to flip my classroom yet. But with my Moodle site I'm getting there slowly - more like "slanting the classroom" rather than actually "flipping". Maybe it was because I didn't have online videos of me giving lectures on each topic.
SO, what do you think of the "Flipping the classroom" paradigm?
Have a nice day
Frankie Khan...I mean Kam