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What if We Flipped Faculty Development?

What if we flipped faculty development? Last fall, I facilitated a pre-conference workshop at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference in Atlanta.  The title of the workshop was, “Don’t Waste a Minute of Class Time: How to Use Focusing Activities in the Flipped Classroom.” Faculty participated in ten different focusing activities throughout the 3-hour workshop, so it was a very engaging and interactive session. All of the participants were involved, engaged, and on task. But, it's [...]

Teaching in the Flipped Classroom: The Yin and Yang

Teaching in the flipped classroom can pull you in opposite directions. You have to plan and be flexible. You have to be in control but learn to let go. Preparing and facilitating learning experiences in the flipped classroom is different from preparing and delivering a lecture. Your role changes from organizing talking points and delivering content to organizing activities and facilitating the learning process. Often, it’s described as moving from the “sage on the stage” [...]

How can I manage my time and energy when I FLIP my class?

Learning to become the ‘guide on the side’ or the facilitator in a flipped classroom takes a very different set of skills. You have to learn how to let go of control, take risks, and manage many moving pieces. It’s exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. This is why it’s important to create a plan and develop strategies so the flipped classroom becomes a place where both you AND your students are successful. Here [...]

Are you Nervous about Flipping the Classroom?

Have you... worried that it wouldn't work? thought that it'd be easier to just lecture? feared that students wouldn't "get" the important stuff if you didn't lecture? stressed about the unknown -- like how the students would react? worried that your flipped class might make you seem like less of an "expert"? If any of this sounds familiar, I think it's because the idea of involving our students directly in the learning process is more messy and less predictable than the traditional lecture method. [...]

You don’t have to Redesign your Entire Course: FLIP Strategies You’re Already Doing

Flip It Associate Sarah Glova recently facilitated the Flip a Lesson workshop at Northwest Vista College, sharing her experience with the flipped model and her specialization in Instructional Technology with the NVC faculty. Sarah is President of Reify Media and taught in higher education, both in-person and online, for six years. In this “The One Takeaway” blog post, Sarah reflects on what she learned from the faculty at NVC as we continue to push the conversations [...]

How Teaching Loads and Class Size Influence the Flipped Model

Happy new year!  For my first blog post in 2015, I thought I should go back and think about two of the common themes I noticed during the final three events I facilitated in 2014.  In October, I facilitated a full day workshop about the flipped model at Tri-County Technical College in South Carolina. In November, I facilitated a two-day Teaching Professor workshop in Texas for Magna Publications. And in December, I facilitated an introductory flipped classroom workshop [...]

How Different Learning Environments Impact Flipped Classrooms

Spring must be the season for faculty development events!  In the past month, I facilitated two workshops for Johnston Community College in North Carolina; facilitated a pre-conference workshop at the ATI Nurse's Educator Summit in Florida; led a virtual Q&A session for the faculty at Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania; and co-facilitated an online seminar for Magna Publications, from the comfort of my own home (whew!).  Needless to say, I haven't had one minute to [...]

What Are We Trying to Improve with the Flipped Classroom?

Last month, I facilitated a full day workshop for faculty in the College of Engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I had a wonderful time, met many people I hope to stay connected with, and learned so much about how to look at the flip through the eyes of engineers.   Although it has taken me a little longer than usual to get back to the blog, I want to continue the tradition of writing [...]

How the Culture of Higher Education Affects Faculty Who FLIP

I just returned from leading a flipped class workshop for the "Anytime, Anywhere" Learning Conference at ECPI University in Virgina Beach, Virgina. Almost 200 faculty members attended the conference to learn more about designing effective and engaging learning experiences for their students.  The opening session began with a panel of industry partners including representatives from Apple©, Google©, McGraw Hill Publishers, EMC©, and Citrix© among others.  They discussed upcoming trends facing higher education, specifically technology, and [...]

By NOT Talking in Your Flipped Classroom, What Are You Saying?

I just returned from the inaugural Teaching Professor Technology Conference in Atlanta!  I met so many wonderful faculty and graduate students from across the world who are celebrating teaching excellence, embracing technology, and finding new sources of inspiration.  It was a great event, and I was honored to be invited as both a speaker and as an exhibitor.  (Thanks Magna Publications!) After four days of thought-provoking presentations, informative sessions, and interesting conversations, it’s almost impossible [...]