Flipped classrooms could be key for intro course engagement
- Fairfield University has found success with a flipped intro to psychology course, though CIO Paige Francis cautions flipped classrooms are not for every teacher and should be planned carefully.
- For eCampus News, she writes that those using the flipped model should have a toolbelt that allows students to complete assignments and consume content outside of class while giving them a chance to monitor learning in class.
- Intro to Psychology instructor Michael Andreychik has also found it is important not to reinvent the wheel, letting students read textbook passages when that makes the most sense or do other activities absent technology.
Flipped classrooms have become a strategy for student engagement at colleges and universities across the country. Instructors are leaving the lectures for homework, finding students are more interested in class if they have more participation opportunities. Francis writes, however, that personality plays a role in teaching, and flipped classrooms are not for every personality type. Administrators should keep that in mind as they consider setting goals for classroom innovation.
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