The idea of flipped classrooms is one of the most talked about topics in education these days: As an e-learning company, the flipped classroom is a study concept that we are highly enthused by and would like to spread the word about. Flipping the classroom calls for efforts to keep the learning process social. We present 3 ideas on how to do that!
Traditional education is often focused on teaching and lecturing in the classroom, and providing homework assignments for the students to actively learn about the content. Flipped classrooms basically work the opposite of what most of us are used to: Lecturing happens outside the classroom, and ‘homework’ activities are moved into the classroom. With all the exciting developments in technology and e-learning moving at a rapid pace, lecturing, researching and discussions can be done online before the class starts. When coming together (in real life), students engage in concepts with the guidance of their teacher or professor.
One huge advantage of a flipped classroom is that students can study the content at their own pace. When having difficulty to understand a certain content, a student can simply decide to rewind the lecture, or pause and think about it. Maybe some students would even look up a wiki, youtube or other link if they feel something needs to be clarified. Lecturing in a classroom, requires all students to listen at the same pace, which might be too fast for some. In the flipped classroom model, lectures won’t be ‘slowed down’ by students who have difficulty keeping up. By providing lectures on video and other media, students don’t get discouraged or bored.
A second benefit is the teacher’s presence when students start applying their obtained knowledge in class discussions and assignments. First of all, this is nice for the blunt reason that you actually know the students have honestly studied the content and have the ability to apply it: With on the spot assignments, there is no possibility of copying an answer-sheet or someone elses homework. This way teachers can keep track of students who might need some extra preparation or some extra help if they find the topic difficult. Secondly, a teacher is directly available if students mistake the content and apply it in the wrong way: teachers can provide the right answers and explanations at hand.
For the teacher, video-lecturing can facilitate a huge benefit too. Video’s can be edited and polished, and maybe even more efficient because they are more on-point. Not to mention, it provides an abundance of possibilities to incorporate lively material in a lecture that students can engage with at home.
However, encouraging all these possibilities that are based on individual preparation, does not mean the social aspect of studying should be left out completely. Studying in a social way encourages brainstorming and sharing. Also, it teaches students about collaboration that they undoubtedly need in their future lives. The need to be virtually present as a teacher, should also count for students amongst each other when they are learning online. This is why the interactive aspect of a flipped classroom should be far more emphasised!
To make your learning more social, we listed these 3 tips & tools
Social e-learning #1: Students revise each others work
For some assignments, it can be very useful for students to read and revise each others work. A draft for an essay could be a good practice for this. Pair students and have them write up a feedback page of each others assignment. When reading work of one another, students can practice with the criteria that you will use later on when grading their work. This will give them new insights on how to improve their own assignment. Also, students learn to formulate constructive criticism and the importance of formality, informality and professionalism. Revision tools in eFaqt.com can come in handy for these! Revision can be prepared at home, and discussed in class.
Social e-learning #2: Students practice each others content
Via various platforms, including eFaqt, students can create exercises such as flashcards and quizzes to practice for their test. These tools can be very beneficial to their understanding of the study-material. Also, this gives the social layer of your e-learning practices a big boost! Through our eFaqt Network, students can make notes and flashcards, that automatically upload to the network. Through our free Teacher Dashboard, you can also upload lecture material yourself and monitor the progress of your students.
Social e-learning #3: Facebook groups
E-mail is passé. Contemporary students, digital natives, respond negatively to keeping in touch through e-mail threads. Threads with classmates give them a sense of too much clutter and chaos. Yet, they wish to communicate, brainstorm and socialise. Through Facebook groups, you can easily create an interactive, clear alternative to this thread. Students can check the group and see in one glance if anything new or relevant has come up. They will not be constantly notified or bleeped about new messages. As a teacher, being on Facebook for these purposes is considered to be very appropriate and much appreciated by students. However it is recommended not to add any students as personal friends, nor to accept any of their invitations as long as they are students at your school or college.
Ready to flip your classroom? With our eFaqt Teacher dashboard you can invite your students to study your course and upload and share content with them. In turn, your students can exchange their study material easily and you can monitor their progress as they practice! Create a new account in one minute!