Inverted Classroom

Inverted Learning classrooms are picking up steam as of late. Some people refer to these as flipped learning or flipping the classroom. Its all in what you prefer, but they all mean essentially the same thing. You allow the students to consume lecture when they would traditionally be doing homework and then during lecture time you allow them to do homework type activities in the classroom.

In theory, this allows you to concentrate on helping the students who are not quite getting it while allowing advanced students to work at a faster pace. There are some pros and cons to this approach in education and the first and foremost is faculty skillset.

In a traditional setting, the faculty member just needs to understand the content they are delivering instruction on, but in the inverted classroom model, they need some more technical skills.

The basis of the flipped classroom model entails having content for the students to consume when they are at home. This means someone must create that content. Many of the textbook publishers are now creating some of this content, but chances are it will not be enough by itself to teach students the needed concepts. This means the faculty member will likely have to create the content. This means you may ned some rudimentary to advanced video editing skills. There is some software such as Camtasia video which is very inexpensive that you could use, but there is still some learning curve. Unless you are fortunate enough to have an entire department in your institution dedicated to producing instructional content, then chances are it will fall on the faculty member.

You will also need a decent learning management system to deliver the content once you create it. If your college or school has a Google for Education account and you have access to the Google classroom, then you can get by with using it as a delivery platform, but it may not give you the same power as something like Blackboard would offer.

These are just a couple of items you will need to consider before embarking on the path to inverted learning.

 

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