Monday, October 21, 2013

The Flipped Classroom and Online Lectures

I'm finally reaching the point that most people begin with: online lectures. A small percentage of my students (13/292, 4.5%) mentioned online lectures.

First, students like online videos because they can watch them repeatedly until they understand the point. This was the most often mentioned benefit of online lectures.
  1. I liked that our lectures were on youtube so we could rewind and listen to them over if we needed to.
  2. I like the online lectures. I gives you the ability to re-wind if you missed something.
  3. Keep flip because it was we can always refer back to something through your videos even if you're not in class.
  4. I like the lecture being on line because you can listen to it more than one time if need be I like the way it was applied in the classroom it wasn't boring and it kept you on your toes.
  5. I loved the flipped classroom keep it. If I didn't understand something all I had to do was look you up on youtube, in a traditional class setting if I didn't get something I would be lost forever.
Some noted secondary benefits such as better note-taking, though I suspect this may be related to being able to rewind and watch again.
  1. I liked the online videos. Since I'm not a strong note taker, this helped me take really good notes.
Then, they appreciated that the lectures could be explained in class if they were not clear and that the lecture would be applied in class.
  1. I enjoy watching the lectures online and if I have a question we go over the lectures on class. 
  2. I may seem repetitive, but i have to continue to say that it is something that i cannot believe i have not seen before.  This form of teaching is absolutely genius.  I have no problem with receiving a lecture on my own and having to then apply what was discussed in the lecture inside the classroom with the teacher.  It allows the teacher to help me if i run into any kind of trouble.  This method is great and it works.
They liked that the online lectures were short, much shorter than typical classroom lectures. This chunking seemed to make the material easier to process.
  1. This was the first time I've ever had a teacher use this structure. I found it great. The videos were short which made them easier to remember. Additionally I was able to do much of my work in class, which gave me more time to study for other more difficult classes. This was great.
  2. The combination works perfectly for me. I enjoy doing work online but I definitely like face to face interaction with a professor. 
  3. I loved the lecture videos and I enjoy having the class to write my paper and do research. I realized that the learning and information you provided in videos and a little in class were enough to help in my paper.
Students appreciate watching the lectures on their own time, a point about the flexibility of scheduling and work flow that we have already noted.
  1. flipped class is great, it works well for me because i can do it at  my pace, and videos along with information are provided for me to watch/read on my own time. not feeling pressured by doing everything quickly as the days progress in class.
  2. I think you should keep flipped classrooms cause it is more easy going and it is not that much work as a regular classroom. it is actually better cause you can do all your work and projects in the class and get the help you need by the teacher rather then doing it at home. the other thing i like is that you do all your lectures at home rather then in the classroom. its way better.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Student Connections in the Flipped Class

I must say that I did not expect to learn that my students appreciated the connections to their fellow students in the more open classroom spaces afforded by a flipped class, though I'm not sure why I didn't. I suppose I just didn't think about it, but some of my students like connecting to their fellows enough to mention it as a benefit (14/292, 4.8%). As I read their comments, I have to think that this benefit is tied first to the opened space in a flipped classroom, a consequence that I've noted before: moving the lectures to the Net opens up the classroom for more activity and interactivity that proves beneficial to students in a number of ways. In particular, the heightened interactivity allows for the development of personal learning networks (PLNs), which is another big focus of my classes. I use lots of collaborative, peer groups in my classes, and I find ways to connect students over the Net. I can help students build successful PLNs in part because they have time in class to seed and cultivate. My students learn in class the value of peer reviews and peer editing. It improves their grades, and they like that.

  1. I liked the flipped class it was easy to work on papers and get my peers advice on how to write my paper during class.
  2. Our class was very small, so it was nice to have the other students to interact with too. I was able to meet and hear the comments of others that were not in my class without prejudice.
  3. The flipped class allows for more learning with the professor compared to others. It allows us to accomplish more work and feel more connected to everyone. 
  4. I think that the flipped class is very good. It lets you interact with other people that you don't know and share certain things with them. and have them comment on what's going on in your life that you blogged about.
  5. We didn't use it this term, but when we did, it was helpful to have more input from different students, not just those in class=))
  6. Keep this thing going on. It breaks the socially awkward barrier people build up so they can become more comfortable in their work environment. PLNs should be shared among your peers!
  7. i liked the flipped classroom because it gave me more one on one help from my peers and instructor.
  8. I like the class participation and conversation that took part during the class. We all shared ideas and bounced things off each other. I don't like to go home and write. It is hard to just say, "ok, I'm gonna do that Eng. assignment now". In reality,that rarely happens. It got my creative juices flowing.
  9. I personally liked the flipped class because it gave us a chance to interact with our peers in class and do the lectures at home.
  10. I loved the lecture videos and I enjoy having the class to write my paper and do research. I realized that the learning and information you provided in videos and a little in class were enough to help in my paper.
  11. very strong, assignments were done in class and helped us seek help between classmate work as team members with the teacher being present and available for help
  12. As students at university, we have to socialize to the world, this is what Google plus does. Connection with every other people being in your circle. We can share ideas, opinions everything via Google plus. It was awesome to use Google plus, I'd like to keep using it.
  13. Give you the opportunity to come prepared to your class, Even if you want to research about the theme before you get to the classroom flipped class give you the opportunity. That way the class can be more fun and the students can share knowledges.
  14. I found the entire flipped class to be highly effective. As I have previously mentioned it is a great way to learn from others.

Some, however, did not like the student-to-student collaboration. Especially early on, I had logistical problems with implementing some groups, and a few students believed that the groups did not work for them. And of course, some students simply work better alone, though most seem to benefit enough from group work to value it.
  1. In a flipped classroom Its kind of hard to do group work but Its worth it. But please make sure when you select a group for students make sure that their comfortable and not just one person doing the work.
  2. I liked the flipped class, because it allowed to have more time doing my homework or work.  I like doing things in class.  The one thing I did not like were the groups we were put in.  I feel you would get more production from individuals doing their own work.