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Monday, October 09, 2017

A decade in, flipped learning maintains its momentum | Education Dive

Dive Brief:
  • It's been 10 years since flipped learning was pioneered by two Colorado chemistry teachers, and the model has now evolved to include its own conference, a slew of tech platforms, and even more proponents in dozens of countries worldwide, as EdSurge reports.
  • Jon Bergmann, one of the two pioneering teachers, suggests that educators think of flipped learning as an "operating system" for active learning, and project-based, inquiry or mastery learning as the apps.
  • Aaron Sams, flipped learning's other pioneer, notes that the model is more about how class time is used than about the use of video — and Salman Khan, whose Khan Academy has benefited greatly from the popularity of the flipped model, notes that human interaction is still superior to video-based instruction, but that video can reinforce concepts via "micro-explanation" when students need it.

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Dive Insight: "While the flipped learning model has proven beneficial since its introduction, it has also raised a number of questions about the additional time required of educators who are already stretched thin and — in many cases — underpaid due to the realities of a variety of funding concerns"
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At the higher ed level, Bay Path University Associate Professor of Biology Thomas Mennella has detailed how his adoption of flipped learning led to burnout as a result of the additional time required to grade the increased number of assignments, in addition to the amount of extra time needed to interact with students. In many cases, adopting more active learning models will require schools and districts to offer new professional development opportunities that help educators adjust their pedagogical approaches to avoid burnout.
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Source: Education Dive