Where did flipped learning come from?
The phrase ‘flipped learning’ came into general use in the early mid-2000s when it was popularised by chemistry teachers Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams (Bergmann and Sams 2012) and the founder of the Khan Academy, Salman Khan (TED 2011). However, the concept of flipped learning goes back much further than this.
In the 1990s, Harvard Professor Eric Mazur developed a model of ‘peer instruction’ in which he provided material for students to prepare and reflect on before class and then used class time to encourage deeper cognitive thinking via peer interaction and instructor challenge. He called this “just in time teaching” (Crouch and Mazur 2001).
The present and dramatic growth of online content creation, collaboration and distribution tools provide jo blogs with an accessible toolkit for delivering flipped learning. Video creation (e.g. Screener and Webinar) and distribution tools (e.g. YouTube) provide the opportunity to anyone to create flipped content with ease. Everyone has a YouTube channel where they can create videos that can and sometimes do help the learning of a vast variety of subjects. The age of video learning is here.
Why 10 min videos?
The timely manner of the videos on FlipTeach is to allow the students to engage with the material with the highest level of concentration. The widely-perceived attention is 20 minutes on a freely chosen activity, however, there are many variables that will impact on this generalised figure. The use of images is a strong theme through all the videos.
By enhancing the visual aspect of the videos, it taps into an extra potential path of learning. There are practical video examples to bring the theory to life for the learner, again enhancing the learning experience, as well as the potential for retention of knowledge.
Bergmann, J. and Sams, A. (2012) Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day. International Society for Technology in Education.
TED (2011) Salman Khan Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education (Internet).
Available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let’s_use_video_to_reinvent_education (Accessed 1 May 2018)
Crouch, C.H. and Mazur, E. (2001) Peer Instruction: Ten Years of Experience and Results. American Journal of Physics. 69, 970–7.
Higher Education Academy (2017) what is flipped learning?
Available at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/flipped-learning-0 (Accessed 01/06/2018).
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