Students and staff convey mixed feelings on flipped classrooms

It’s called “flipping the classroom.”

In a flipped classroom, students listen to lectures at home. When they come to campus, they use what they’ve learned in class discussion.

These classes have been a focus in the foreign language department.

According to Spanish professor Hidalgo-Johnson, the program began in 2014 in a pilot class.

Spanish 110 and 120 made the transition in 2015, with Spanish 211 starting a year later.

The question is: Do students and professors like it?

Antwon Vanoy, a Jazz Studies major, said, “I preferred those [flipped] classes, as it was refreshing to be able to “teach” the class as opposed to just sitting and listening to the teacher.”

Flipped classrooms require watching lectures on platforms like Panopto, Tegrity and PowerPoint. Panopto, a lecture-capture platform with the ability to combine audio, video, PowerPoint, Keynote and screen capture into a recording, is used most on campus.

Professors in the foreign language department aren’t the only ones flipping their classroom.

“A flipped classroom makes sense for my class,” said Accounting Professor Julie Kline. “Students can watch the videos over and over again until they feel comfortable with the content.”

Accounting student Hannah Keckm however, doesn’t like the classes at all.

“The flipped classroom felt like an online class,” Keck said. “I don’t like online classes because I feel like I don’t learn as much.”

Keck said traditional lectures are the best way she learns material, especially with the real-world application and projects in accounting classes.

According to Mike Acedo’s “10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom”, these classes give students more control to learn at their own pace, promote student-centered learning and collaboration and make lessons and content more accessible.

On the other hand, there can be issues with accessing a computer or internet to see the lectures, and there is significant work on the front end for professors.

Kline said the lectures take a lot of time to do, with each micro-lesson ranging from 10 to 15 minutes in length.

 

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