Evolving teaching and learning


A Flipped course reorganizes how in-class time and out-of-class time is used.  During class, students participate in active learning through problem solving, small group work, conducting experiments, or learning difficult concepts.  Outside of class, students learn basic content, review procedures, or solve introductory problems on their own. A Flipped classroom integrates face-to-face and online components that help students prepare and engage in new and innovative ways.

Listed below are some scenarios that depict ways the CODL instructional designers and eLearning support specialists have worked with faculty and instructors.

Transitioning from a traditional classroom format to a Flipped format:

A program was transitioning from a classroom to Flipped format for their continuum of courses each taught by different instructors. Traditionally, the use of Blackboard was to house documents for the program’s courses while classes met monthly at various sites across the state.

Required readings were loaded into Blackboard and controlled releases sequenced the availability thus allowing participants to complete assignments prior to coming to on-site class meetings. Class meeting times focused on furthering exploration and in-depth practical application and discussion of key subject areas. Assignments built within Blackboard allowed for tracking of writing assignment submissions and eased the grading process. Course content was formatted for accessibility. The program will consider the use of VoiceThread, video vignettes, and narrated slide decks for future offerings to enhance online discussions, group activities, and instructor presence in a community of learning.

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