Traditional lectures such as the one below can be sleep inducing or worse:
Boring Economics teacher from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The idea behind flipped teaching is straightforward:
- Students watch video recordings of lectures in their place of choice in their own time.
- The time in class is now available for hands-on work and face-to-face interaction with teachers and peers.
The rationale is simple too:
- Speech is a bad medium for communicating information – so watch lectures and videos at home.
- Speech is a good medium for dialogue – so do hands-on work and face-to-face interaction with teacher/peers at school and speaker/peers at a conference.
Harvard University Prof. Eric Mazur on difficulties of beginners, teaching each other and making sense of information.
This talk from Professor Mazur is pure magic. In it, he explains the rationale behind flipped teaching. It should be mandatory watching for every educationalist, teacher, lecturer, trainer or conference organizer. And of course students themselves.
Education in a sense is a two step process. One step is the transfer of information and we have many ways of transferring information. One is books, the other is video, and … by lecture …
However, the crucial part of an education is for the student to make sense of that information, to have the aha moments – oh I get it. So you can apply the knowledge embedded in the information in a new context.
Credit: Eric Mazur
Eric Mazur shows interactive teaching.
Donald Clark has some interesting thoughts on the lecture to:
More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years: Donald Clark at TEDxGlasgow.
- Blog Post: Why lectures are dead (or soon will be)
- Article: Twilight of the Lecture
- Article: Great lecture: what was it about again?
[Status: work in progress. More to be written especially about flipped teaching’s relationship with the Knowledge Café.]
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