On October 26 Margarita and I are scheduled to make a presentation on flipped learning for ELT at the 41st annual TESL Ontario conference in Toronto. Leading up to that day, I am planning to blog about my explorations of this topic.
- I’m going to collect my reading list here https://delicious.com/ig7/Flipped
- Our prezi, as it keeps growing, is available here http://tinyurl.com/nwpcpcn
Some initial thoughts about the advantages and disadvantages of flipped learning:
- open access resources, if shared online, free
- materials ready for multiuse by Ts and Ls
- materials always available for new Ls (continuous intake)
- differentiation – Ls can go through the lessons at their own pace, catch up, review, repeat
- facilitation – flipping allows Ts to better support individual Ls in person in class, personalized learning, building better 1-on-1 rapport
- learner-centred – Ls take actively participate in learning and take responsibility for it
- thinking and discovery before class; practice, review and consolidation (interactive activities) in class
- engaging – it creates a collaborative learning environment in the classroom since time is spent engaging deeply with the concepts being learned, rather than sitting listening to the teacher (took a French class once and that’s all we ever did)
- Ls get instant feedback on practice activities either from peers or from the T
- while prepping for the class time, Ls can build a list of questions – active learning
- technology dependent, hence not accessible for all, there may be learners who have no access to a computer/internet
- Q: Is there a computer lab at school with open hours for independent study?
- some Ls may not have extra time to stay at a computer lab
- Q: Has a needs assessment been done? Could this be negotiated in any way?
- lack of digital skills
- Q: as before, needs assessment; simple activities incorporated into lessons to build up certain skills for future ‘flipped’ tasks and projects
- Ls miss classes or don’t do the pre-class work
- this one is tough because life happens…Plan B?
- lack of L motivation, with adult learners this is rarely the case although some do not believe in independent work
- could flipping be scaffolded to bring out the value of autonomous learning?
- time-consuming for Ts – is flipping only about making videos? or is it a wider concept encompassing autonomous learning via one’s personal learning environment/network? T => not a sage on stage but a guide on the side? What about existing OERs?
What are your thoughts, questions? Are you aware of any research papers on the concept of flipped learning?