NITLE Shared Academics: Flipped for the Sciences
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What is motivating the growing interest in the “flipped classroom”? Concerns about the accessibility and affordability of education and the rise of MOOCs drive part of it, but there is also a ...
What is motivating the growing interest in the “flipped classroom”? Concerns about the accessibility and affordability of education and the rise of MOOCs drive part of it, but there is also a genuine curiosity about the pedagogical value of restructuring class to optimize learning for the 21st-century student. Faculty in the liberal arts and sciences have been “flipping” their classes long before it became a pedagogical trend. Nevertheless, emerging technologies are presenting new possibilities for how classroom content is delivered. These new tools coupled with students’ ever-evolving preferences for how they engage with content are prompting faculty to examine how they might most effectively allocate classroom content and assignments. For instance, video segments of content that might have previously been conveyed in a lecture are providing students a chance to review the content as many times as are necessary for comprehension. Does this then lead to more productive classroom discussion? If you are designing a flipped classroom in the sciences, how do you discern which assignments belong in class, which belong outside of class and which technologies add the most value to your students? Moreover, how do you rethink your own role? Join Maha Zewail Foote, professor of chemistry at Southwestern University, and Steven Neshyba, professor of chemistry at University of Puget Sound, as they share what they learned from flipping their chemistry classes.
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