The Second TeaLab Meeting

The second TeaLab meeting took place on 7th November and was about the usage of Flipped Teaching in Higher Education.

To keep true to the Flipped Teaching idea, everyone on the TeaLab mailing list was sent links to videos to watch and articles to read about the use of Flipped Teaching in Higher Education.

The session itself was facilitated by Mary Deane who could not be in physical attendance on the day and so talked to us through the use of Wimba Classroom. She was assisted by me as I managed the handouts.

To begin the session, we watched a video from the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Teaching and Learning. The video can be viewed at this link: http://ctl.utexas.edu/teaching/flipping_a_class/identify_where_to_flip

Our first task once the session began was to get into a pair with somebody that we hadn’t worked with before, and to tell each other what we did, or didn’t, know about Flipped Teaching.

We were then told to get into a pair with somebody else who we had not worked with before, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the concept of Flipped Teaching whilst also applying it to our jobs within a Higher Education Institution.

One of the disadvantages that was mentioned was a mistrust on students to do the preparatory work before the class. This was countered by someone commenting that it is the same with ‘normal’ homework, but the point proved valid when the cohort was asked how many had watched the videos and read the articles and it was less than half of those present.

Our final task of the session was to find a way that we could use the Flipped Teaching method in our own work and create, or help the person we were paired with create, a Flipped Teaching class for their students.

The next TeaLab session is taking place this Wednesday in SG05 on Gipsy Lane Campus and will be about the usage of Social Media in Higher Education.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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James Genn

James graduated from Oxford Brookes with a 2:1 (Hons) BA in Business Management and Publishing Media in June 2013. He is currently at OCSLD as the intern of the Human Resources Directorate.

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