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Efficiency in Learning, Clarified with 5 Critiques: What is Flipped Learning?

Efficiency in Learning, Clarified with 5 Critiques: What is Flipped Learning? | Agile Learning |

...the Flipped Learning method has created quite a stir.  Here's are some responses to criticisms, using twitter as a source.



The instructor does not prepare to teach material that the class already understands.




Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University has been researching this type of learning since the early ’90s, and other educators have been applying pieces of the Flipped Learning method for even longer.

[First, it's important to start with a common] definition of what Flipped Learning is [via] Dr. Mazur’s work including:

  • Students prepare for class by watching video, listening to podcasts, reading articles, or contemplating questions that access their prior knowledge.

  • ...students then are asked to reflect upon what they have learned and organize questions and areas of confusion.

  • Students then log in to a Facebook-like social tool, where they post their questions. 

  • The instructor sorts through these questions ...organizes them, and develops class material and scenarios that address the various areas of confusion. The instructor does not prepare to teach material that the class already understands.
  • The instructor uses a Socratic method of teaching, where questions and problems are posed and students work together to answer the questions or solve the problems. The role of the instructor is to listen to conversations and engage with individuals and groups as needed.



[Techniques include] to quiz ...and provide them with immediate feedback...within the same video ...[and] …combines video clips with [how to use]  Google Forms to gather part of a cycle of inquiry.



Excerpts from the  5 critiques include:

Implementing the Flipped Learning method makes me, as the teacher, much less important. 

This could not be further from the truth! …teachers are more important than ever.

Kids do not want to sit at home watching boring video lectures on the Web. …This is just a lot of excitement over bad pedagogy.    We completely agree… …Audio and video should be used in short, five- to 10-minute segments, [with] opportunities for students to interact with the information in these videos in a variety of ways. …For example…Jac De Haan demonstrates …how to quiz students [with YouTube videos] and provide them with immediate feedback and explanation within the same video. Ramsey Musallam …combines video clips with Google Forms to gather feedback from his students. Both of these methods can be used as part of a cycle of inquiry.

Other critiques with replies include:

3) No internet access, 4) accountability questions and 5) having the time and expertise to produce the needed videos to teach in this newer way.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Clarity is often a missing element in adapting and innovating.  This useful piece provides both clarity and examples of innovations to deal with status quo resistance to adaptive change in learning.  ~  D

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 26, 2014 2:27 PM

This post covers both a clarification of what Flipped Learning really is, as well as how to respond to common complaints about helping it work.  It demonstrates response to resistance to change in learning quite nicely, including innovative examples of what works.

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Social Media AND Social Learning, the Behavioral Difference | Education News

Social Media AND Social Learning, the Behavioral Difference | Education News | Agile Learning |

Social media is the platform and social learning is the act.  

(paraphrased by me - dn)

Social learning... is the act of exchanging ideas, knowledge or information through social media means.

Marcia Conner and Tony Bingham, in The New Social Learning, define social learning as:

  • ...people becoming more informed, gaining a wider perspective, and 
  • being able to make better decisions by engaging with others.
  • ...acknowledg[ing] that learning happens with and through other people, 
  • a matter of participating in a community, 
  • not just by acquiring knowledge.

Social learning is a behavior. It is not a separate behavior outside of the overall learning spectrum, but one that is also relatively new. One cannot assume that by enlisting in a Facebook or Twitter account (social media examples) that the user will be able to socially learn.

Organizations not only need to help with the definition of learning, they need to provide the right opportunities to help their employees understand how to socially learn as well.

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Why "Learning Agility" matters & how to increase it

Why "Learning Agility" matters & how to increase it | Agile Learning |

"What is Learning Agility?  “The ability and willingness to learn from experience, and subsequently apply that learning.”  

Excerpted by a post by Paul Thoresen:

 It is this application of learning which differentiates those who have high potential from those who do not. Using this definition of Learning Agility includes a five factor multi-dimensional construct with several sub-factors (or dimensions). This description of the five main factors is adapted from Korn/Ferry International:

  1. Mental – The ability to think critically and be very comfortable with complexity.
  2. People – A skilled communicator and adept at perspective taking.
  3. Results – Achievement oriented and builder of productive teams.
  4. Change – Comfortable with change and seeks continuous improvement.
  5. Self-Awareness – Knows strengths and weaknesses; actively seeks blind spot information.

Lombardo and Eichinger estimate Learning Agility is high in 10% of the population. .... evidence suggests Learning Agility can be developed. It is not a trait you are stuck with; it can be increased with practice.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Guest blogger Paul also cites 7 learning agility resources for additional depth.  ~  Deb

Paul Thoresen's comment, August 21, 2013 9:55 AM
Thank you for sharing Deb!
Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, January 4, 2015 10:32 AM

Uma das linhas de pesquisa 2015  #avancee será essa agilidade no processo da aprendizagem. Qual o limite ? Quais as melhores práticas? O que tem sido testado com resultados comprovados?