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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 | Scoop.it


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


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

   

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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.


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

   

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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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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

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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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12 Important Trends in the ePortfolio Industry for Education and Learning

12 Important Trends in the ePortfolio Industry for Education and Learning | Agile Learning | Scoop.it

"ePortfolios have significantly evolved! New companies, new options.  Learn about important trends in the ePortfolio industry."


Author Trent Batson provides a thorough and informative read on how technology is impacting education, jobs and careers through ePortfolio.  Once a curiousity, it appears now to be a significant force in the education, career building and learning process.  ~  Deb


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"The un-tethered learner, the DIY learner, is a new phenomenon: It's the Gap Year taken to a new level..."

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Excerpts:


An electronic portfolio belongs to the learner: a Web-based application that can upload and store any file type to serve as evidence such as for graduation or to get a job.


It is thus an electronic record of achievement that can be culled and curated over time. It is a resume-maker with linked evidence.


Trends:


Extensive interviews with 14 ePortfolio vendors revealed 12 intriguing findings.  A sample:


1.  New companies are entering the market:  SchoolChapters, Bedford/St. Martin's and Pathbrite, each is entering this market with realistic expectations as the ePortfolio provider world is less than 20 companies - a significant increase.



2.  Larger implementations. Typical campus implementations have moved to large program rollouts.



4.  Selling to individuals. Until this year, almost all ePortfolio accounts for students were created through an institutions.  Now a couple of companies are primarily or only selling to adult individuals. 



8.  Corporate market interest.   Online self-paced learning may be replacing training and may not be occasional but constant.  To show that an employee is up-to-date, an ePortfolio may be the best tool.



The un-tethered learner, the DIY learner, is a new phenomenon: It's the Gap Year taken to a new level, it's the semester abroad, the year off, the summer experience, the field study--all not as an interlude to "real" learning but as a genuine path to success in life.


ePortfolio providers are there to offer support for this new path. ePortfolios are ideal for the un-tethered learner, both within and without an institutional setting.


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