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Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the Classroom

You've heard the term, but what does it mean?  Flipping the classroom is a term used to describe the organization of learning activities so that in-class time can be maximized.  So instead of using classroom time for a lecture, the instructor might choose to have students watch mini-lectures as a homework activity (see the section on Interactive Videos below) then spend in-class time engaging in problem-solving, discussion and/or activities.


Interactive Videos

One of the key strategies to flipping the classroom is to use the classroom to *do* things rather than to *tell* things.  For many faculty, this means making lectures into videos available online.  But, with student attention spans hovering around 6-8 minutes, what happens to your beautifully crafted 90 minute lecture?  Creating shorter videos and building in interactivity might be the solution. Educause has an interesting article about What Makes an Online Instructional Video Compelling?

We're still working on this page but in the meantime, here are a few resources for you.

Tools for creating interactive videos:

If you are interested in using any of these tools, first please use the free trial period to see if the tool fits your needs.  Read this article about using interactive video for ideas about how to use the tools.  If you then decide to implement the tool in your course,  contact the TRC to find out if the campus will support a "Faculty Sandbox" license (i.e. pay for your registration).

  • EdPuzzle:  it's free! You can upload your own video or use a video available online.  You can create your own audiotrack to overlay on the video or use the original audio.  Questions can be open-ended, multiple choice or a comment (can include web links or images).
  • PlayPosit:  Free and premium accounts are available.  Seven different types of questions are possible.The premium account includes .csv exporting for grades, worksheet printouts, ability to embed other websites and activities, advanced cropping and auto-grading of fill-in-blank and checkbox questions. 
  • Vizia:  it's free!  Includes multiple-choice interactions, polls and short-answer questions.
  • Ted-Ed: for repurposing Ted Talk videos.  There are also lessons created by other teachers available here.
  • Vialogues:  This tool works a bit like a "director's cut" of a film:  you can post time-specific comments on a video.  Multiple Choice and Check-box interactions are also available.

[Last updated December 2017]