Flipped Learning

It has been a while since my last post, life has been really busy and there have also been a few holidays thrown in too.  I hope you have had a great Christmas and New Year.

As it is a new year (2012) I have embarked on my normal journey of reflection of the past year.  What I realised is how much I have used Flipped Learning as my preferred teaching strategy.


For those of you that might not know what flipped learning is….

Flipped Learning is when your learners are provided with learning materials that would normally be covered in class for completion at home.  The teacher provides these resources using e-learning technology such as videos, screencasts, podcasts, downloadable files like captivate, PDFs (that may also contain links to video, audio). Classtime can then be better served for learners to get involved in  interactives activities and discussions.

Mostly I use this technique with my TAE students and project management students but I have also used it with technology units as well.  Let me explain how it worked.

Using Moodle I set up a course in weekly format.  Each week the learners were guided through various learning content using what was considered to be the most appropriate e-learning resources for the topic or task.

There were two types of class sessions – a virtual learning session in Adobe to reinforce content and to give the learners an opportunity to ask questions.  These sessions were also recorded and the links made available so the learners could replay them if they wanted to.

Face to face class sessions involved lots of hearty discussions and role plays about the content and workplace application.  I also found that this allowed more time to assist learners to meet assessment requirements or produce portfolios of evidence based on real work tasks.

At first some of the learners seemed concerned that their formal learning activities would be undertaken at home and this may disadvantage their learning.  This reluctance wasn’t present for very long.  With guidance the learners quickly realised how much extra support they had from both their teacher and their peers.  Class time was always lively and each learner was equipped and ready to participate.

It is true that these learners were very self motivated and committed to achieving the requirements of the course.  The end results seemed to speak for themselves, all learners of the course achieved the outcomes required within the time frame required.

Have you used flipped learning?

I would really like you to contribute to this discussion. What were your experiences?  How did you approach your training sessions?  How did your learners feel?  How did you measure this and what were the results?




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