What is a Flipped Classroom?
In a flipped classroom the traditional method of lecturing in class and assigning homework for students to complete at home is reversed. Students listen and watch lectures via video on their own time outside of class, and use the time in class to complete homework, work through problems, collaborate with others and the instructor, discuss advanced concepts, and other more engaging or interactive activities.
"Information is not instruction." - David Merrill. Utah State University
The Benefits of the Flipping
The flipped classroom maximizes the face-to-face time for discussion where students are able to ask questions and interact in real-time with their instructors and fellow classmates. In other words, rather then being alone at home when working through complex topics or homework questions while studying, students benefit from the instructor's presence, coaching, and guidance. The ability to shift the lecture outside of the classroom time allows time for increased active learning and engagement through the professor's expertise, facilitation, and guidance.
Are you interested in flipping the classroom at GRCC? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org as we would be happy to assist you with technological and instructional design aspects of this teaching modality!
Because face to face time is limited, flipped classrooms can also provide the ability to cover more material during the semester. Students can also take their time to complete their notes, reflect, pause, replay, and re-listen to the lectures to spend time digesting complex lecture based topics by watching the lectures online, outside of class. Students are able to better prepare for classroom discussions - and engage in them - through being better informed of the main topics and concepts before coming to class.
The goal of the flipped classroom model is to maximize the limited face-to-face time that students and the instructor have while on campus.
How to Capture your Lecture with Camtasia Relay
So how do you capture your lectures for playback by students? Well... GRCC offers faculty the ability to easily record their lectures, create visual orientations, build video feedback of student work, and to author multimedia lessons using a product called Camtasia Relay. Camtasia Relay can be downloaded and installed on your laptop or home computer from http://relay.grcc.edu/.
In addition to the Relay Recorder, which allows you to record anything on your computer screen along with narration, TechSmith has released a free app which allows you to record short videos (five minutes or less) using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Visit the iTunes Store to download this free app, Fuse for Camtasia Relay.
One of the greatest benefits of using Camtasia Relay for recording videos for your flipped class is the ability to easily embed these videos into Blackboard using the mashup tool.
Grand Rapids Community College is also researching placing content on iTunes U for the ease of the delivery of lectures to mobile devices.
Relevant Articles on Flipped Classrooms
- "Flipped Learning: A Response to 5 Common Criticisms." eSchool News. March 26, 2012. http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/03/26/flipped-learning-a-response-to-five-common-criticisms/?
- "Exploding the Lecture." Inside Higher Ed. November 15, 2011. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/11/15/professor-tries-improving-lectures-removing-them-class
- "The Flipped Class: Myths vs. Reality." The Daily Riff. March 15, 2012. http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/the-flipped-class-conversation-689.php
- "How 'Flipping' the Classroom Can Improve the Traditional Lecture." The Chronicle of Higher Education. February 19, 2012. http://chronicle.com/article/How-Flipping-the-Classroom/130857/
- "Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Higher Education" http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/flipped-classroom-the-full-picture-for-higher-education/