2015 Focus - Flipping the Classroom
The inaugural cohort of the CTL Fellows for Innovative Teaching focused on "Flipping the Classroom". The activities for this program began in December 2014 and concluded in December 2015. Goals, Program Activities and Attributes, and other details can be found below. For an introduction to “Flipping the Classroom,” see http://www.ctl.uga.edu/flipping-the-classroom.
The goals of the 2015 CTL Fellows for Innovative Teaching included the following:
- To provide faculty who teach challenging and/or high-demand courses with support and collaboration to institute robust “flipped” pedagogical approaches in their courses;
- To provide faculty with opportunities for the sharing of ideas with other dedicated, highly-motivated, and innovative teachers from a variety of disciplines who have similar interests and who face similar teaching challenges;
- To provide funding for a “flipped” instructional project designed to strengthen courses and teaching methods in each participant's academic department;
- To further integrate what research tells us about how people learn into key courses at the University; and
- To reinforce an instructional environment that honors and recognizes dedicated teaching scholars and promotes a learning-community spirit on a large campus.
Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Following the implementation semester of the Fellows for Innovative Teaching program, faculty members shared their experiences and offered the lessons they learned from flipping their courses. Coming soon will be a selected list of best practices and recommendation that highlight the experiences of individual faculty members as they implemented their specialized implementation of flipping.
Program Activities and Attributes
The following activities comprise the program:
- The CTL Fellows for Innovative Teaching program occurs during the calendar year. Activities for the "Flipping the Classroom" cohort began in December 2014 and concluded in December 2015.
- A half-day, morning retreat was held on Reading Day, December 10, 2014, from 8:00 a.m to Noon (breakfast and registration begin at 7:30 a.m.). This event highlighted the core instructional challenges presented by “flipping the classroom.” Dr. Peter Doolittle, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Educational Psychology at Virginia Tech, was the keynote speaker at this event. He is likely best known for his viral TED Talk regarding working memory, but his recent research and focus has been on flipping the classroom. The video recording of this keynote is available in the CTL Archive.
- The fellows met as a cohort once a month throughout the calendar year in a large group workshop setting. Meetings were conducted as a combination of round table discussions and workshop activities and included outside speakers. Core topics included pre-class activities and delivery methods, motivating students to engage before class, and active learning approaches during class time. Dee Fink's Creating Significant Learning Experiences was used as a workshop textbook. To accommodate schedules of such a large group, each of these monthly meetings was offered twice. Below is the spring 2015 meeting schedule:
Spring 2015 Activities
Large Group Workshop #1
Tuesday, January 27th, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza - Videoconferencing Room)
Wednesday, January 28th, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza)
Large Group Workshop #2
Monday, February 16th, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza)
Wednesday, February 18th, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza)
Large Group Workshop #3
Tuesday, March 24th, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza)
Wednesday, April 1st, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza)
- Once a month, each fellow met with members of the CTL faculty individually to address flipping questions that were unique to his/her context.
- Beyond cohort activities, participants collaborated with CTL leadership to develop a fully realized flipped instructional model. All aspects of course design and development were supported, including integrated course design, active learning pedagogy, learning technologies, learning spaces, student assessment, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
- The CTL hosted a Maymester Institute on May 19-22 (8:30 a.m. to noon each day) to focus on course design, planning, and development in advance of the fall 2015 semester.
- Each participant received $2,000 to support his/her “flipped classroom” development project.
Optional Spring 2015 Workshop and Drop-in Opportunities
Open to everyone in the university community were the following CTL workshops on the flipped classroom. Fellows were encouraged to consider these options as well:
A Case for the Flipped Classroom
- Tuesday, January 20, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the MLC Reading Room
- Led by Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Russell J. Mumper
Creating Content for a Flipped Classroom: Getting Started with Screencast-O-Matic
- Wednesday, February 18, 2015, from 10:30 am to Noon in MLC 372
- Led by Dr. Sherry Clouser and Carrie Bishop
Flipping the Classroom: Strategies for Ensuring Students Complete Out-of-Class Assignments
- Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in MLC 372
- Led by Dr. Eddie Watson and Dr. Sherry Clouser
Flipping the Classroom: Transforming the Lecture Into an Active, Engaged Classroom
- Wednesday, March 18 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the North Instructional Plaza MALL (Model Active Learning Lab)
- Led by Dr. Denise Domizi
Not requiring registration were drop-in sessions. These drop-in sessions focused on technology tools that support flipping the classroom; however, any topic was open for discussion. Several CTL team members were present for these sessions.
Also of interest to fellows, in January 2015, the Chronicle of Higher Education published A Guide to the Flipped Classroom containing several articles and essays from the Chronicle regarding the topic.
Fall 2015 Activities
Fall 2015 plans included a number of drop in times schedule for eLC/media assistance, large group meetings, and peer observations of teaching. Each large group workshop was offered at two different times to accommodate as many faculty schedules as possible. Here were the times for these sessions:
Large Group Workshop #1 (choose one)
- Monday, August 24th, 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza)
- Thursday, August 27th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza)
Large Group Workshop #2 (choose one)
- Monday, October 19th, 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza)
- Thursday, October 22nd, 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. (CTL - North Instructional Plaza)
One on one assistance was available before and during the start of the fall semester through two options: fellows could reach out to anyone in the CTL, or they could register to attend one of several drop in sessions.
A summative presentation event is planned for the end of the fall semester.
2015 CTL Fellows for Innovative Teaching
Norris Armstrong, Genetics
Nicholas Berente, Management Information Systems (co-participant with Mark Huber)
Charles Byrd, Germanic and Slavic Studies
Joel Caughran, Chemistry
Kara A. Dyckman, Psychology
Janet Frick, Psychology
Connie Marie Frigo, Music
April K. Galyardt, Educational Psychology
Andreas Handel, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Mark Huber, Management Information Systems (co-participant with Nicholas Berente)
Rodney Mauricio, Genetics
Cory Momany, Pharmacy
Julie M. Moore, Infectious Diseases
Patricia Moore, Entomology
Diann Moorman, FHCE
Michele A Monteil, GRU-UGA Medical Partnership
Gregg Thomas Nagle, Cellular Biology
Maria Navarro, Agriculture Leadership (ALEC)
Siddharth Savadatti, Engineering
Scott A. Shamp, New Media Institute / Journalism
Ajay Sharma, Veterinary Biosciences
Bjorn F. Stillon Southard, Communication Studies
Martina Sumner, Chemistry
Kacy Welsh, Psychology
Anne Marie Zimeri, Environmental Health