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Flipped Instruction

What is it??
Click here for a pictorial explanation.

How to Get Started with "Flipped Instruction"
  1. Review the following articles.
  2. Obtain the hardware / software.  
    • Recommend:  Windows 7 PC / Camtasia Studio / Smooth Draw / Bamboo tablet / Microphone

Camtasia "Must Know" Tasks
  1. Record a presentation.  Set mic level.
  2. Create a title slide.
  3. Add arrows / Add text
  4. Change cursor
  5. Zoom in / Zoom out
  6. Write with Screen Draw
  7. Upload video to Screencast
  8. Organize videos on Screencast 

Best Practices for "Flipped Instruction"
Videos should be:
  • Short in length.  Try to keep each video to 10 minutes or less, preferably much less.  Chunk large videos into several smaller videos.  Use quick quizzes at the end of videos to prepare the student for the next video.
  • Have a title slide with Topic, Date, and Presenter.
  • Themed by "Worked Examples" or "Lessons"
    • Worked Examples - present the problem, do the problem, check validity of answer.
    • Lesson videos should be organized as mini-lessons.  (i) Activate the Learner (ii) Content  (iii) Closure
  • Real.  Don't be overly scripted, Don't get caught up with the technology.  Let the content be the focus and let your personality come through.  Watch for this carefully in the following two videos.  One if from the Khan Academy the other from the Stanford "Intro to AI".
  • Engaging.  Use classroom questioning technique with appropriate "Wait Time."
Case Study:
Stanford University's Engineering department recently engaged in a "grand experiment" with on-line learning.  They offered an Artificial Intelligence class by two of their renowned professors -- all on line, and free.  Over 100,000+ people world wide signed up for the course and over 35,000 people turned in the first assignment. 

From this "grand experiment", there are several best practices used (click on image to expand).

Key points:
  • A lesson is divided up into many short videos. For example, the "Problem Solving" lesson is divided up into more than 19 videos.  Each video is no more than 5 minutes, and most are about 2 minutes in length.
  • Each video has labeled with a header that shows the Unit / Topic / Name.
  • Each video is tagged and linked to a chat board for student discussion.
  • Also, many of the videos use quick quizzes at the end of the video and begin the next video with the answer to the quiz.

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