Flipping @ Tech

Beginning research has been done to determine the potential impact of asynchronous video on teaching and learning in today’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) face-to-face classroom. The notion of “flipping the classroom” made popular by Salman Khan and described in his recent Ted Talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html) has been in schools of varying levels. Even professors at the Georgia Institute of Technology have replaced some class time with more interactive time by having students watch videos of the instructor (or another credible source) deliver the lecture (Prof Jim Foley taught a section of the HCI course CS 6750 using web-lectures). These videos, it is suggested, are beneficial for several reasons:

1. the students can watch at their own pace and pause/rewind/fast-forward when desired

2. the students can watch in the location/setting that best facilitates their learning

3. the videos can be re-used (sustainability at its finest)

4. portion of the videos can be edited so as to replace particular content without having to re-produce (or redo production) of the entire segment

As we move forward with the Georgia Tech Strategic Plan, it will be interesting to see the extent to which this form of learning is utilized at Tech, very much traditional in its educational mindset.

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