The FLIP: "Focus on your Learners by Involving them in the Process"
Barbi Honeycutt, PhD
"The FLIP is when you intentionally invert the design of a learning environment so students engage in activities, apply concepts, and focus on higher level learning processes during class (Honeycutt 2012)."
I recently purchased the book, "Flipping the College Classroom: Practical Advice from Faculty" by Barbi Honeycutt, PhD. 2016, Magna Publications, ISBN: 978-0-912150-28-4
If you are interested in reading this book, please let me know. Since I am an academic technologist, my work involves consulting with faculty, providing coaching and training, and investigating new trends in technology for teaching and learning and emerging technologies. I thought that I might attempt to highlight a few of the key points from the book and offer my thoughts about integrating some specific technology tools for flipping your course.
Start with one lesson:
Break the lesson down into four parts:
1) the purpose
2) the prior-to-class activities
3) the in-class activities
4) the closing
Let's focus on the prior-to-class activities first. "You need to have a strategy for holding students accountable for completing the prior-to-class work (Honeycutt, p18)."
In order to hold students accountable for actually completing the prior-to-class work, for example if they were assigned to view a video, here are some assessment techniques that you could use.
If they were assigned to view a video, there are various tools available that enable you to embed quiz questions within the video.
- VoiceThread (integrated with Moodle)
- EDpuzzle (allows you to prevent skipping ahead and requires they answer the questions before the video will continue)
- TED-Ed Lessons
- Camtasia Studio
Other assessment methods include:
- Asking students to write a one-minute paper upon arrival at class to summarize key points from the video.
- Assigning students to post to Q&A Moodle forum and ask 2-3 questions about the material covered in the video. This forum type requires students to first post their answers to the questions before they are allowed to view other students' posts.
- Creating a Moodle Quiz that students need to complete prior to class.
The next installment in this series of posts will pick up where this one left off, and I will cover my suggestions for in-class activities.