Rebecca Kirrane

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

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?

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Dan Ross

Posted on 2/6/18 12:50:15 AM Permalink

​I've only recently learned what this means through a class I'm taking here. I hope to roll something out to see how it works.

Liliana Martinez

Posted on 5/18/15 4:10:59 AM Permalink

I have participated in flipped classroom lessons. I like the fact that it is self paced and you can take as much time as you need to learn something. You can also pause the video or view it again at anytime. It is a great alternative to online learning.

Ian Upton

Posted on 10/16/14 3:55:31 PM Permalink

Gosh! Over a year since the last comment here! But still I think a hot topic and one worthy of discussion. One of the things I teach is creative filmmaking - short courses aimed at undergraduates to give them something outside their main area of study to add to their CV (resume). When exploited by students this kind of course can be hugely valuable giving them the skills and insights to promote themselves / who they work for / what they have done using digital video in a professional way.

Anyway - given I get ten weeks and often complete novices - I flip. This means I can let students pick up the technical skills required in their own time and at their own pace and use my limited face to face exposure to discuss how we can make our digital films more effective and engaging. Premiere Pro in this role becomes the tool not the vehicle and a fantastic resource for helping students realise their visions...

I have just published a lesson plan on edex which shows this idea in practice. Maybe not for everyone but it certainly works for me. And the students appear to appreciate the approach too...

Cutting to the Chase. Editing techniques that will make your digital films ROCK!

Anyone else out there of a similar mind?

LLAP (Live Long and Prosper)


carolyn brown

Posted on 11/9/13 7:18:35 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 10/23/13 11:31:58 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 10/22/13 10:52:18 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 10/7/13 6:04:24 AM Permalink

Could you explain more on this trend?

Mike Skocko

Posted on 9/25/13 8:11:16 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 9/25/13 2:26:04 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.