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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” [...]

5 Must-Read Blog Posts Every Instructor Should Read Before Flipping a Class

As I write this post, it's the beginning of fall semester. Fall is really our "new" year!  It's the perfect time to take a look through the archives and see which articles have been most helpful for faculty who are thinking about flipping a class. If you are just starting to think about flipping your class, or if you’ve already tried it and want to make a few adjustments, here are the top five most [...]

Addressing the most frequently asked questions about the flipped classroom in higher education

Each of these articles addresses one of the most frequently asked questions about the flipped classroom in higher education. The articles were published as part of a summer series I published in Faculty Focus.  If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know I define the flipped classroom a little differently than most scholars. In my work, the FLIP means to Focus on your Learners by Involving them in the Process. It's about more than [...]

Avoid These Five Rookie Mistakes When Flipping Your Class

There’s so much buzz about the flipped classroom model. From K-12 to higher education settings, from corporate training to continuing education, instructors around the world are talking about how to use inverted instructional design to engage students and improve the learning experience. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement! However, as I travel across the U.S. and speak with educators, it’s not uncommon for me to hear: "I tried it and it didn’t [...]

What should I know before I FLIP my class?

I’m just beginning to think about integrating active learning and flipped course design. What should I know before I FLIP my class? I’m glad you’re taking a moment to think carefully about how to integrate these ideas you’re your classes. You’ll save time and frustration by following a few guidelines and learning from the advice of other faculty who have successfully integrated the FLIP into their classes. First, remember, in my work the FLIP means [...]

What can I do about student resistance?

Many of my students resist active learning. They don’t seem to understand the value of this type of learning experience. What can I do? It helps to first try to understand why students are showing resistance. It could be because of assumptions they are bringing with them based on previous negative experiences with active learning. However, student resistance often comes from a place of confusion or fear. They may be uncertain about this type of [...]

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 [...]

What’s new in the flipped classroom conversation?

The flipped classroom conversation has been around for more than five years now. You get it. You know what it is, and you know how to do it (or, you’re at least trying it and figuring it out as you go!). When I returned from leading three full days of faculty development workshops at Wright State University and Forsyth Technical Community College last month, I came home with a profound sense that the conversations about [...]

4 Responses to the NY Times Opt-Ed Piece on Lecturing vs. Active Learning

During the past week, colleagues in my network have been discussing the opt-ed piece "Lecture Me. Really." published by Molly Worthen in the NY Times.  It's a polarizing piece that pits lecturing against active learning. Rather than re-state all that has been said, I'd like to feature the top 4 responses from my network. Featured blog posts: #1:  Active Learning is Not Our Enemy: A Response to Molly Worthen. Written by Josh Eyler, this response [...]