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Collaborate with your colleagues across RIT to develop a set of flexible Flipped Classroom tools and techniques that you can use in your classroom immediately that mesh with your teaching style and discipline. You will be working with Sandi Connelly, Assistant Professor, Gosnell School of Life Sciences, who has implemented innovative strategies to improve learning and retention in her classes – from small groups of majors to very large general education courses.
The Flipped Classroom model is based on the premise that students are responsible for working outside of class to learn and review concepts, and that in-class time is spent expanding and applying that knowledge. (To learn more about the model, see the associated "Teaching Element" and other resources at http://wallacecenter.rit.edu/tls/flipped-classroom-resources.) While the archetypal Flipped Classroom model (e.g. no lecturing in class) may not be a perfect fit for every instructor and discipline there are many tools that can be borrowed from the model and applied to just about any teaching and learning scenario. This Community of Practice will help you incorporate a variety of teaching and learning tools in to your classroom that will engage your students and will not be cumbersome (no “time sinks”!) in your course preparation.
Participants will meet in Fall semester 2013 and Intersession (TigerTermTM) 2014 to design at least three activities that they will implement in their classroom in the Spring semester 2014. The overarching goal of this Community is to help faculty link in-class activities with out-of-class requirements, such as watching videos, viewing web resources, or reading supplemental materials. These connections are critical to ensure the engagement of the students with all of the course materials, in and out of the classroom, and to reinforce the fundamental learning that should be occurring. Participants will be exposed to a range of Flipped Classroom activities that can be used on a regular basis (daily, if desired!) to aid learning and retention. In her classes, for instance, Sandi Connelly uses a host of activities, but will emphasize the ease of use of a few primary “go-to’s” that she implements on a weekly basis. These include:
Participants will choose from examples introduced at the first sessions, or others that they research, and share those ideas with colleagues to design specific materials and activities for the classroom.
Participants will then meet in late Spring semester 2014 to report on the outcomes of their activities and discuss the ways in which they would change the activities to better fit their classes in the future (if they would change anything at all!).
Community of Practice Goals:
Some of the benefits of participating in this Community of Practice include (but are not limited to!):
This learning opportunity is open to all full-time RIT faculty (lecturer, visiting, tenure-track, or tenured). Advance registration on this site is required. Because seating is limited, registration is on a first come, first served basis. All participants are expected to attend the following sessions:
Two additional dates for follow up and discussion in the Spring semester 2014 will be determined by the group and scheduled in March, April, and/or early May. There will also be an opportunity for participants to present their activities and results to the RIT community at the end of the Spring semester. Stay tuned!
If you would like more information about this Community of Practice, please contact Dr. Sandi Connelly at Sandra.Connelly@rit.edu.
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