A series of 5 podcasts (each 10-15 mins long) that addresses the questions, “What is the flipped classroom?” “Why adopt a flipped classroom approach?” and “How do faculty do it?” The first podcast introduces the presenters and broadly explains what a flipped classroom is within the pedagogical framework of the 7 Principles of Good Teaching Practice (Chickering and Gamson). The second podcast presents an illustrative case study from Duke Universities Medical College, then compares what is and is not an effective Flipped classroom design. Podcasts 3-5 address one of the three design components of an effective Flipped design. Three covers knowledge acquisition. Four covers readiness assurance. Five covers knowledge application.
Type of Material:
Tutorial. Audio podcast series.
Self-paced for faculty interested in flipping the classroom.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Learners will be able to:
Differentiate between effective and ineffective approaches to a Flipped classroom design.
Identify three components of effective Flipped classroom design
Will identify features of Cengage Learning MindTap that support a Flipped classroom design.
Apply strategies to effectively employ a Flipped classroom design
Target Student Population:
Higher ed faculty
Higher ed professional development leaders
Higher ed program administrators
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The content is based in sound pedagogical theory.
The authors reference educational and neuro-scientific research.
The authors have relevant expertise and credibility.
The content is of relevant, current and of high value to educators.
The content goes from general to very specific.
Embedded in the content are sales messages about a product of the sponsoring company Cengage Learning.
To access the content in podcasts 2-5 the user must provide Cengage Learning with contact information.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Organization and delivery make this a very effective resource.
Audio is crisp, speakers are concise and clear.
Information is presented from general to detail, with frequent review.
Presenters introduce topics and deliver topics and summarize topics.
The informal set up makes it easy to listen to. The speakers feed off each other in an engaging way.
By definition, this podcast is audio-only and has the limitations of a single modality. There is no closed captioning or visuals. While no contact info is provided on site, enough info about the authors is provided that a few clicks will lead to contact email addresses should the user want to contact the authors.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The format is simple and straightforward: 5 audio recordings each between 10 and 15 minutes in length.
The dialogic style and turn taking of the presenters contributes to making this understandable and engaging.
The content is organized well so that it is easy to understand.
The content is presented so that foundational information is presented first and additional detail is built onto the foundation.
Being a podcast series it is useful only to those who benefit from spoken content.
It does not offer multiple access points (no visuals, no closed caption text).
The first podcast is freely available. To access podcasts 2-5 in the series, the user must complete a form providing information to Cengage, including name, institution, role and contact email.
The presenters sprinkle a bit of information about how they use Cengage Learning’s MindTap product to support a flipped classroom design. These sponsorship references do not overwhelm. And the authors don’t suggest that the product is essential for success.
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