Education: Will it blend?

Fear not, this post is not about throwing education into an industrial blender. Rather it considers the possibilities of blended learning. This involves the combining of educational technology with work done in a traditional classroom setting. Higher education is the setting with which this post is concerned. A great deal of existing literature suggests a…

Flipping the Classroom’ – teaching of a different kind: Part 2

So what will you need to do to get started? Before you commence consider the two pillars of ‘flipped learning’, (i) front-loading the learning content, and (ii) detailed planning and ‘storyboarding’ of the associated classroom event. Step 1: Front-loading lectures: This is achieved by creating learning objects for  pre-class study to be undertaken by your students…

‘Flipping the Classroom’ – teaching of a different kind: Part 1

The traditional (large) classroom-based teaching model tends to take place with the tutor firmly at the centre of the learning process. Students are largely acting as ‘recipients’ of knowledge transfer with limited opportunities for interaction. After the session classroom learning may be complemented by the provision of online learning resources in a process known as…