Using Videos in a Flipped Classroom

Instructor: Andrew Diamond

Andrew has worked as an instructional designer and adjunct instructor. He has a doctorate in higher education and a master's degree in educational psychology.

In this lesson we'll explore some resources for integrating video into flipping your classroom. You'll learn of some places to find educational videos as well as tools for making your own! A short quiz follows.

Using Videos in a Flipped Classroom

In the early 2000s a new concept began reverberating throughout the educational community. A buzz quickly developed around a new concept: flipping the classroom. Don't worry, there are no gymnastics involved. The idea is very simple, and in this lesson we'll show you some simple ways you can implement videos into the flipped classroom.

First, let's define the concept of flipping in educational terms. Traditionally, students are introduced to a new topic in the classroom by their teacher and then are tasked with mastering it through homework. In the flipped classroom (sometimes called inverted classroom) this concept is turned around, with students introducing themselves to the concept outside of the classroom and then working on mastery and higher-level cognitive tasks in the classroom. If you're familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy -- which organizes the cognitive skills necessary to complete intellectual tasks from lowest to highest -- you can say that the student engages in the lower levels of learning (e.g., remembering, understanding) outside of class, then higher-level tasks (e.g., analyzing, evaluating) are done in class.

A real strength of flipping the classroom is that students, teachers, and parents all benefit from the better allocation of time and resources. Teachers and students are able to devote more of their class time to complex tasks. Students, when working on the fundamentals outside of class, can take all the time they need to understand content. This allows them to gain understanding before moving on to the next subject, something they might not be able to do in the classroom. Finally, because of the learning opportunities at home, parents are able to be more involved in their child's education.

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