It seems like the concept of “flipped classrooms” is everywhere this week. Every morning I am seeing references in my news feeds, headlines and twitter posts about various professors or universities who are having success “flipping” the lecture and the learning activities. Some of our Pitt faculty have been doing this for many years – essentially recording their lectures for students to view in advance, and using class time on activities that promote deeper learning. Recent attention has been given to this concept when Harvard professor Erik Mazur announced an online community called the Peer Instruction Network, that relies in part on the concept of flipped classrooms. In his famous talk called “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer” (there are several recorded versions of this) he shares how he adjusted his approach to teaching and how it improved his students’ learning.
So, what does this mean for you? If you are interested in learning more about the concept, there are a few good resources available for a quick tutorial:
- A video recently published on You Tube by Penn State
- A two-page guide published by EDUCAUSE – “7 Things You Should Know about Flipped Classrooms”
If you’d like to talk to one of our consultants about using the flipped classroom technique in your classes, please contact us here in CIDDE – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cynthia Golden, Director – email@example.com