Thomas Mennella teaches biology at Bay Path University. He began using a flipped classroom approach four years ago. He likes the dynamic and interactive learning experience his students enjoy, but he is burned out from having to do so much grading and the number of hours he has to spend interacting with his students. According to Mennella, an instructor with 86 students who makes four assignments a week has to grade 344 assignments a week, and 3,784 per semester. My question for him is, why do you have to make four assignments a week?
My main takeaways from this blog post it that the flipped classroom is not the new paradigm that is going to revolutionize education and that the classroom lecture is not dead. He says that creating a quality flipped class will require a lot of time and effort.
I agree with Travis Grandy. Students won’t watch a 45 minute lecture on video. Most of them should be no more than 5 to 10 minutes.
Some great resources for teaching flipped classes.
From an article in eSchool News titled, “Bricolage, MOSL, and 8 Soon-to-Be Huge EdTech Innovations.”
Interesting article featuring Dr. Julie Schell of UT-Austin and Harvard. Flash cards can be an effective tool.
No topic is hotter now than the flipped classroom. In case you are looking for resources, you might start with these:
YouTube Education Channel