An Open and Connected Course for Faculty Development

Unit 5 - Plan a Flipped Lesson

Remember: English or Spanish is fine on all submissions.

Post your submissions to your own blog and upload your YouTube video. We recommend that you advertised your posts via Twitter with the hashtag #openflip and place a comment at the bottom of this page to generate traffic to your content.

Plan a Flipped Lesson

Prepare a plan for your first flipped lesson. Note that this unit is two weeks long to allow others to "catch up" and work around all of our busy schedules.

Please submit the following:

  • Title/Topic of Lesson
  • Description of learning objective, what do you want the students to understand after this lesson?
  • What is the pre-class content? This can be research, reading, watching a video or something else that prepares them for the activity in class. You need to stress to students that it is an active process: take notes from the video/reading, etc.
  • How will you encourage (close to) full participation of your students on the pre-class content? WSQ or a survey? A quick 1 minute video by them of their summary/questions?
  • What are you planning to do in the classroom to actively apply the learning or dig deeper into the topic?
  • How are you going to evaluate the activity afterwards? As appropriate you could be testing learning of skills/knowledge and/or a survey of their reflection/opinion on this type of learning environment.
  • Your reflection on the process. This can be as short or long as you like and of course will not happen until after this course is over. Just record your experience for your benefit and for others perhaps.

Remember, people (teachers/students) take time to adapt to change. Even if you are 100% convinced that Flipping this lesson is the "best thing ever", don't expect immediate enamourment by the students of the method.  See how this works, then based on your results and reflections try another lesson to see how it improves the second time around.

Submission

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) #Unit5

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.

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 5 – Plan a Flipped Lesson by Ken Bauer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

4 Comments

  1. Frank on December 7, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I have decided to plan a flipped lesson around the context/topic of gun control. I once participated in an IATEFL online course for English as a second/foreign language teachers where using controversial topics to illicit conversation was presented as an effective technique for getting students to express themselves. The main aim is noticing and developing conversation skill to express opinions, agree/disagree, and to interrupt politely during a group panel discussion. Please take a look at my current blog post and offer some ideas for improvement. Thanks, Frank!

    • Ken Bauer on December 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

      This should be very interesting Frank. We’ve disconnected during exams (and my travel the last couple of weeks). Let’s get together for a chat soon perhaps with Carolina and plan our flipping adventures into 2016.

      • Frank on December 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

        Sounds good Ken … Yep! Schedules are all over the place this time of the school year. I will be in Washington DC from December 11th through the 23rd. I will be back in the saddle at home on the 24th. I will have Internet access in DC, so I could do chat session from the nation’s capital if you think that might add some excitement and intrigue. Maybe the Obamas would be willing to join me.

        • Ken Bauer on December 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm

          That just may work, let’s touch base in the next week or so.

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