Anyone using "flipped" lessons or "flip teaching" in technology/design disciplines?

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 by Rebecca Kirrane Latest activity: Nov 9, 2013

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The "flipped classroom" is a very popular trend in education at the moment. More and more teachers are using online video/multimedia content as a prerequisite for lessons, allowing class time to be opened up for more constructivist engagement.
This type of approach seems particularly well suited to technology/design disciplines which require both hard skills (hardware, software etc.) and soft skills (critical awareness, collaboration, teamwork etc.). I am currently researching this area and was just wondering if anyone is actually currently using this approach in their tech/design classroom, as I am?

Comments (6)

carolyn brown

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 7:18 AM - Permalink

I teach my design classes entirely online, so I don't know if that qualifies as "flipped" since there is no classroom session. All of the demos, technical skills work, and creative problem solving happens online.

Maureen LloydJames

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 11:31 AM - Permalink

Hi Rebecca, I have been for the past 18 months. It has made a huge difference to the positive vibe of the classroom as we now work on many more projects inside of the classroom having moved the learning-side (via video tutorials as well as reading etc.) outside as homework. It took a while to set this up but I think the time spent has been well worth it.

Nancy Parker

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 10:52 PM - Permalink

This approach is takes advantage of both time and resources. Tech is evolving at such a rapid rate that tech teachers who use this approach are preparing the students to work in the future markets, as far as we now know what the future markets will look like.

ng sw

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 6:04 AM - Permalink

Could you explain more on this trend?

Mike Skocko

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 8:11 PM - Permalink

All the folks involved in this resource are flipping the classroom. I love being free to roam the lab all period.

P.S. Aaron records some great tutorials.

Aaron Roberts

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 2:26 PM - Permalink

I am still demoing information in class because I like students to practice the technical skills I show at the same time. However, I do now record all of my technical lessons (which you can find in my resources section) so students can review them at their own time.

To me, that's a huge advantage to flipping - not just having students do the demos on their own time, but also having the demos available for a future date. They can be accessed anywhere and anytime.