There’s a lot of people already on the “flipped classroom” bandwagon. For the uninitiated, the idea behind the flip teaching approach is that students do their course work—watching the professor deliver a lecture via video, doing research, writing, etc.—away from school, then come to the classroom for in-person discussion with teachers and classmates.
But there’s a new movement in higher education hold off from a complete flip — where no lectures are done in person — to a model where professors still use in-person lectures, but keep them short. Pamela E. Barnett, associate vice provost and director of the Teaching & Learning Center at Temple University, writes in Inside Higher Ed this approach is more of a “scramble.”
“What is good for our students is a scramble or mix of direct instruction and practice and feedback,” she writes. “The beauty is that technology affords us opportunities to provide for both needs in both online and face-to-face contexts. We need to use these two teaching approaches — direct instruction versus facilitated practice — intentionally to help students meet our learning goals.”
Read the full story on Inside Higher Ed for more on this discussion.
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