The first test is graded. However, the totals have not been tallied due to the addition of an “exam wrapper”. More on this in future blogs, but Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation has great information about these reflection tools.
I would like to address several comments students have made. Regarding using technology to deliver content: A freshman told me that she expected college teachers to use technology in the classroom. She used Moodle in high school and expected most college professors to use the learning management system and technology to deliver content. This was interesting as I have not seen this expectation from high school students prior to this year. I believe K-12 teachers are now harnessing the power of e-learning. Great news! However, many of my colleagues are not.
Several students told me that they really like having the “lecture” recorded. Their main reason was the ability to have this information readily available to review.
Several students told me that the “collected and graded” notes were extremely beneficial because it forced them to take notes on the videos and actually watch them! One repeating student indicated that he was watching them this time and preparing for class. Bingo!
Other students have expressed that they are having difficulties in class concentrating on the problems because they need silence. The room is not loud, but when you have 40 students in a small room, the cumulative discussion becomes loud. Some students have attention disorders and even the smallest distractions become disorienting. I have not seen any other flipped classroom instructor/blogger comment on this. My students are not unique so I am sure this is not an isolated issue. Any suggestions on how to address this will be appreciated. Please feel free to comment below.
Slowly, slowly, slowly, my flipped classroom is becoming highly functional. It’s not an easy transition, but one I feel is necessary to increase student learning and retention. If nothing else, the engagement in class has increased and students are not falling asleep.