Community college ‘flips’ classrooms

“Flipping” the classroom –putting lectures online and using class time for coaching, collaboration and discussion — is the latest thing at Grand Rapids Community College, reports EdTech Magazine.

“The idea is not new, but the technology gives more power, flexibility and opportunity to make use of the limited face-to-face time we have for true student engagement and interactive learning.” says Eric Kunnen, director of distance learning and instructional technologies.

Says Professor Garry Brand, GRCC’s lead faculty facilitator of distance learning and instructional technologies, in a TechSmith whitepaper: “These days, students who miss an important point the first time have a second chance. After class, they can pipe the lecture to their laptops or MP3 players and hear it again while looking at the slides that illustrate the talk.”

Shifting lectures to out-of-class time lets professors cover more material and prepares students to participate in class discussions, advocates hope.


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON November 15, 2012

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