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Flipping the classroomLearning, Context, Management & Implementation, Change Management 13913 views
There's a lot of thought flying around the web at the moment about the concept of "flipping the classroom" - using the internet to provide pre-classroom lectures and the classroom to embed that knowledge through exercises, coaching and discussion.
Key posts include:
Maryna Badenhorst - To flip or not to flip (an excellent analysis)
This is a model that's been working reasonably well in workplace training for a number of years now. It does rely on there being some sort of motivating influence to do the pre-work though. Generally, given the choice, most people will just rely on being able to bluff their way through the classroom session.
As I said, on Maryna's post, the key thing is “appropriate use” of the resources at our disposal. It’s about enabling flexibility of choice for the teacher and for the learner.
We need to balance financial cost with the effective and efficient use of time, and with the underlying motivational level of our students/trainees.
We need to consider whether 1:1 coaching would work best for a particular student/context, or whether a small group discussion, or even a 1:many lecture.
The problem with much of our educational/training infrastructure is that it’s built on a highly inflexible classroom-based model of teaching. The investment has already been made in those buildings and the administration processes that surround them.
To become more flexible, some of these ways of working will need to be torn down before they can be rebuilt.
I can imagine a training or educational organisation that is based around a problem-based curriculum, which uses small Action Learning Sets, coaching, online lectures, searchable resource libraries, inspirational speakers (like TED talks), informal conversations and a whole host of other types of interactions in different sized groups. It would be complex. Sometimes it would appear chaotic. It would certainly be an interesting one to manage. But it would relate far more to the real world than our closed classrooms with a trainer/teacher and delegates/students.
These points are important to consider. The financial investment and cultural attachment to the safety of ‘the way we’ve always done things around here’ are strong blocks in the way of true change. It is great that we are talking about these issues, so as to get more people on board until we reach the critical mass where change is driven by the masses. Until then we are stuck with the ‘Wet monkey theory’…and I for one don’t like wet monkeys! ;) (Wet monkey theory: http://unreasonablefaith.com/2009/08/05/wet-monkey-theory/)
At GCSEPod we’ve created a ‘flipped’ solution of 2500 5 min chapters to watch live or download to Apple/Android/Blackberry/PC/Mac devices contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a trial
I’m a HUGE fan of the Khan Academy! It has helped me sooooo much with both my AP Bio and my Precalc. I have a sister who is also using these videos to learn things her teacher doesn’t explain that well to her class. IT has helped boost her from a not so great sudent at the beginning of this year to one of the top of her class. I would LOVE to see this concept incorperated all across the nation. Again, thanks Khan, you’re my hero.