Welcome! Hi, I'm Barbi and I'm so excited you're here! If you want to talk about teaching and learning, you're in the right place.
As a teaching and learning consultant, I create resources for educators who want more ideas to engage students and improve learning.
I mainly focus on teaching in higher education since that's what I know best, but the resources and strategies can also be applied to other settings (K-12, corporate training, professional development, online education, and courses developed by entrepreneurs).
To help you get to the right place, here's an overview of what I do, how you can learn more, and how we can work together:
FLIP It ConsultingI’m probably best known for my work related to active learning and flipped classrooms. After all, the name of my business is FLIP It Consulting, so that makes sense.
When people see the name of my business, they usually ask, “What is ‘flip’ it?” Before I can explain, they start asking questions to see if they can guess.
“Do you flip houses?” No, I don’t flip houses.
“Is it like cooking? Do you flip pancakes or burgers?” No.
“Do you teach gymnastics? Teach kids how to flip?” Ha ha! No, I don’t teach gymnastics. (But, that’s a great name for a gymnastics business!)
That’s when I briefly explain that the FLIP is related to teaching. I usually share a quick explanation such as, “It’s a teaching strategy. It’s when teachers “flip it” to the students and create more active and engaging learning experiences.”
That’s a basic intro for someone who is not education. But, if you teach (or want to teach one day), I’m sure you’re looking for a more detailed description of what the “flip” means and how we can work together.
Read more: What's the FLIP?
But, the FLIP isn't all I do! Here are other projects I'm excited to share with you:
The Next Generation
Graduate students and postdocs are the Next Generation of scholars, educators, and leaders, and I provide resources and services to support you wherever you are in your journey.
Prior to starting my business, I led professional development programs for graduate students and postdocs at North Carolina State University. For 15 years, I created programs, facilitated workshops, and provided support for graduate students and TAs who wanted to learn how to teach in the college classroom.
Working with the Next Generation is a mission that is near and dear to my heart, and I have continued to find ways to support you even though I'm outside of the institution now.
Read the Next Generation blog.
Invite me to facilitate a workshop or webinar on your campus.
The Scholarly Entrepreneur
As academics and scholars, I believe we bring a unique perspective to the entrepreneurial space.
We are Scholarly Entrepreneurs, and our expertise and experience in research, writing, teaching, speaking, advising, and mentoring gives us a combination of skills and talents many others who start businesses don’t have.
If you are an academic who has started your own business (or if you’re thinking about it!), I want to connect with you! I want to hear your story, learn more about how you are serving your clients, and share in your success as you create the life you want - beyond the “ivory tower.”
Tell me a little more about your business! Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now you know a little about what I do! I invite you to explore the website, sign up for the mailing list, and send me an email to introduce yourself! It's always great to meet other educators who are as excited about teaching and learning as I am.
I hope we have the chance to work together!