Professor Tony Sky is always looking for new ways to engage his students. This year he is using Panopto to record mini lectures prior to class. He has coupled them with low stakes quizzes that students complete before class. Through this method, students hit the ground running with questions and perhaps curiosity about new material.
The mini lectures are only 10-15 long, enough to get students prepared for the next session. The online quizzes are also around 10-15 points, which ultimately becomes a small portion of their grade yet it is still a motivator. Students are given 3 tries to complete the quizzes, because as Prof. Sky would say – “it’s all about learning, isn’t it?”
Prof. Sky completed a MOOC course in 2013 in which he saw this method was effective for him. He wanted to try it with his course, so he stopped by eLearning and inquired into some best practices.
It’s week 1. Students have seen their first flipped lecture and taken their first online quiz. Of course there were some minor glitches but all-in-all it went well. Prof. Sky is ready to do it next week. One of the questions was eliminated and partial credit was given to other questions, then scores were recalculated.
What’s in store for week 2 you ask? We are doing another flipped lecture and figuring out how to best create matching questions with either/or choices. We’re also using the SnipIt Tool to bring in some of the molecule pictures into the questions themselves. Finally, and probably best of all, we’re figuring out what we can collaboratively work on in class, now that we’ve freed up some time.
Prof. Sky says: “This method frees up the time so we can talk about questions, work on problems in class…dig a little deeper…essentially; learn together. I hope students are getting more out of it. Instead of racing to cover the lecture notes we are actually thinking through the problems together.”
For more information on flipped classroom, please see: https://net.educause.edu/ir/
For more information about using Panopto, please see: http://www.ltu.edu/ehelp/
For more information on test creation in Blackboard, please see: http://www.ltu.edu/ehelp/
And, of course, if you have an idea, and want to see if it will work in your classroom, stop by eLearning Services.