An Open and Connected Course for Faculty Development

Flexible Environment

Remember: English or Spanish is fine on all submissions.

This Week's Videos

First the topic: Pillar of Flipping - Flexible Learning Environment

Kari Arfstrom has a blog post about the 4 pillars here: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/4-pillars-flipped-learning/

Here is the text of the first pillar:

Flipped Learning allows for a variety of learning modes; educators often physically rearrange their learning spaces to accommodate a lesson or unit, to support either group work or independent study.
They create flexible spaces in which students choose when and where they learn. Furthermore, educators who flip their classes are flexible in their expectations of student timelines for learning and in their assessments of student learning.

Consider your current status on thoughts on the following three statements:

  • I establish spaces and time frames that permit students to interact and reflect on their learning as needed.
  • I continually observe and monitor students to make adjustments as appropriate.
  • I provide students with different ways to learn content and demonstrate mastery.

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Some recommend reading/viewing (you should go beyond this or choose something different if you like):

This (and each of the assignments) is divided into three pieces. I divide them in order of importance (mostly) to our learning as a group.

  1. Discuss here PLEASE!  It is important to have our own reflections on the material but just as important for ourselves and our colleagues is to share our point of view and see those of others. You should at least have a summary of what your submission is.
  2. Post a short (60 seconds - 3 minutes) video screen capture/recording of your reflections on the topic. Please post to YouTube (you can leave it as 'unlisted' or make it public, your choice) and embed that inside your blog post
  3. Post a short essay (How long? Long enough, a single page even) of your thoughts on this to get them into written format. Video is great, but the written word creates a different type of reflection and also is much more amenable to searching. Please post this to your blog and also include in your blog the tag (or category) #Unit1

After Submission, Please Interact

This (and each of the assignments) is divided into three pieces. I divide them in order of importance (mostly) to our learning as a group.

  1. Discuss here PLEASE!  It is important to have our own reflections on the material but just as important for ourselves and our colleagues is to share our point of view and see those of others. You should at least have a summary of what your submission is.
  2. Also, feel free to start using Twitter for discussing with the participants in the course. Remember to use the hashtag #OpenFlip when posting so others in this course will see those posts go by in their Twitter Stream.

 

This Week's Activities

  • Details pending.

Questions?

If you have questions, contact Ken. The best mode is via Twitter by tagging Ken in a post (@ken_bauer) or sending a Twitter direct message (DM).  The other option is via email with kenbauer at gmail dot com.

CC BY 4.0 Unit 1 – Flexible Environment by Ken Bauer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

4 Comments

  1. Frank on October 30, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Hi all … I am trying to comment on other participant’s blog but the commenting features aren’t activated. With the “Known” blogs, you activate commenting along this path: SITE CONFIGURATION>PLUGINS>PUBLIC COMMENTS (toggle to “Enabled”). Thanks!

    • Ken Bauer on October 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Excellent point Frank, I should make a quick video about that. I have the same problems with my students using Known and not enabling comments.

      • Frank on October 31, 2015 at 11:04 am

        Thanks Ken!

  2. Carolina on October 31, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Thank you both very much. I had never used Known… I’m already learning.

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