Flipped classrooms turn the traditional classroom structure upside-down. In-class time is focused on projects, interactive learning, and other activities, while lectures are handled via video. For both k-12 and higher education, this means managing and sharing a lot of video content; a single class might require several individual mini-videos per session.
Creating Flipped Classroom Videos
Flipped classroom videos are typically relatively short and focused. They can be recorded in a classroom, meeting room, office or home office, but can also be recorded using mobile capture at other locations. For instance, an instructor teaching a course in industrial design might record a flipped classroom video at a local company, with their support and consent.
There are a number of options to create flipped classroom videos.
- If multiple instructors are recording on a set schedule, hardware-based capture solutions can provide a practical solution.
- Within a classroom, conference room, office or home office, software-based capture solutions are practical.
- Outside of a normal recording space, mobile capture is an ideal solution; however, browser or software capture can also be used with a laptop and internet connection.
Managing Video Content
Flipped classroom content is typically viewed asynchronously, with students watching the videos for a class on their own schedule before the designated class time. To maximize student attention, shorter videos are ideal. Given that, you can expect that each class period will have several connected videos. Organization is essential!
Smart naming strategies make it simple for users to find the content they need for each class period. Many instructors will reuse content from semester-to-semester or year-to-year. You might find it helpful to think of a structure like CourseName_CourseSession_Subject, so ECON101_Class2_Supply. Avoid using dates as filenames if you plan to reuse content from year-to-year.
Using Folders and Subfolders
In order to make flipped classroom content accessible, it should be well organized. The Platform supports class structures, but also allows for subfolders within those class structures. Consider using a subfolder for each class session; this make it simple for users to find the correct session folder.
Sharing Flipped Classroom Media
Flipped classroom media should be easily available to users, but should be published on a logical and practical schedule to encourage users to maintain on-target with their studies.
- Rely on scheduled publishing dates to make content visible just a week or so before it is needed.
- Choose a Platform that allows for mobile viewing to support user learning.
- Provide users with URLs for media content ahead of time, via a syllabus or other material.