I often refer back to my time as a Military Language Instructor (and later, Assistant Professor) at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) because I seemed to have learned so much while there. At the time I just went with the program, but as I have moved around I have learned that I can apply what I learned in California to many different aspects of learning.
Recently I was asked to think about ideas for a blended/hybrid class here at Victoria College. When doing my research beforehand, I found an idea that we didn’t apply a name to at the DLIFLC. It’s just something we would have our students do because of time constraints and getting the most out of our face-to-face (classroom) time. We would advise our new students to the various language courses to prepare for the following day’s class as a method to get the most bang for the buck, so to speak. Turns out some people much smarter than me have ramped it up with “Flipped Learning.”
What exactly is “Flipped Learning?” Well, let’s see what the fine folks at the American Society for Engineering Education (namely Jacob Lowell Bishop, from Utah State University and Dr. Matthew A Verleger, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) came up with:
“The flipped classroom is a new pedagogical method, which employs asynchronous video lectures and practice problems as homework, and active, group-based problem solving activities in the classroom. It represents a unique combination of learning theories once thought to be incompatible – active, problem-based learning activities founded upon a constructivist ideology and instructional lectures derived from direct instruction methods founded upon behaviorist principles.” – (http://www.studiesuccesho.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/flipped-classroom-artikel.pdf)
Like any good (great?) idea when it comes to the classroom, it may not apply in all circumstances. It is, however, something to be aware of, and something that may help get your students more actively involved in learning.
Here’s a short list of some websites that may give you a better idea of the flipped classroom and the technology behind it. This is just a start to finding out if the flipped classroom is for you.
The Flipped Classroom: A Survey of the Research: http://www.studiesuccesho.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/flipped-classroom-artikel.pdf
The Teacher’s Guide to Flipped Classrooms: http://www.edudemic.com/guides/flipped-classrooms-guide/
Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let’s Talk Tech: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/flipped-learning-lets-talk-tech-jon-bergmann
Technology for Flipping the Classroom: http://acrl.ala.org/IS/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2014spring.pdf
Blended or Flipped Classrooms: http://www.21things4teachers.net/21-things/20—blended-or-flipped-classrooms/
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