Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Moving learning outside the classroom, part of Teaching with Lynda.com.
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- I want you to think for a second about what your classroom looks like during instruction. Are your learners all facing forward? Or do they have opportunities to interact with each other? Do you interact one-on-one with your students? Now we have a lot to teach our students, and because of the hefty amount of learning objectives we want to deliver in a given class we often use instructional time by just lecturing at our students. The irony here is that passive learning environment created when we lecture is far from the most effective method in helping our students learn and retain new material.
The flip classroom model is one way to bring more active learning to the classroom. Now if you're not familiar with flip learning the concept is fairly simple. Instead of providing new learning materials in class, which is the passive part of learning, and then assigning homework where students practice and apply their knowledge, or the active part of learning, we simply flip this around. The homework in a flipped classroom are videos that help students learn the material and when they come to class the following day they then use that material in active learning opportunities.
Now the flipped classroom has ample opportunities for students to communicate and learn from each other. And the student discourse is critical to helping students master content. They're also able to apply and make mistakes, because you, the expert, are there to guide them. Flip learning should also free up your class time to have more one-on-one conversations and focus your efforts on the students that need the extra supports with the material. The lynda.com library is a great way to start flipping a few of your lessons and I highly encourage you to give this a chance. I'm even gonna provide a few tips and tricks to help you be successful.
The first thing I'd like to recommend is that you start small. Choose just a single lesson that you wanna flip, or even partially flip. Maybe you would typically use some class time to make sure all of your students were up to speed with let's say Microsoft Word, or if you wanna incorporate more information literacy instruction for your students, then using the lynda.com library may be perfect for you. With over 4,000 courses you're bound to find some lynda.com content that relates to you and your subject area. You can even assign part of a lynda.com course as homework and then dive in deeper into the material the following class session.
The second tip to help you be successful flipping the classroom is to let your students know that watching the material is required and that they're gonna be using that learning the following day in class. Letting students know that the video lessons are critical to their success is a great way to make students actually watch the material. Just a heads up here however, the first time you do this be prepared that some students are gonna come to class unprepared. If you have a really well-structured lesson that truly relies on the information presented in the videos then future flipped classroom lessons will go much smoother, since students have a better understanding of what's expected of them.
The final tip is to be sure that you have some lesson plans that engage students with the material right away and that they're gonna apply the learning the first time they walk into class after they watch the videos. And if you'd like to dive deeper into this topic please take a look at the lynda.com course Flipping the Classroom.
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