"Should I flip my classroom?"

Date & time

4–5pm 17 May 2016

Location

PSYC G8, Psychology Building 39

Speakers

Dr Andy Hogg, ANU Research School of Earth Sciences

Dr Andy Hogg is a physical oceanographer who works on understanding the dynamics of global-scale ocean circulation, particularly in the Southern Ocean. Dr Hogg received his PhD from the University of Western Australia (2002) and, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Southampton Oceanography Centre, was appointed to the Research School of Earth Sciences at ANU in 2007.

His research has contributed to a new understanding of the way the Southern Ocean will respond to climate change, which carries significant implications for the development of future climate models. Dr Hogg has taught in both Earth Sciences and Physics, from first year through to Honours level.

"Should I flip my classroom"

Using technology to enhance teaching and learning has both costs and benefits. One relatively recent innovation, dubbed the “flipped classroom,” involves replacing your face-to-face lecturing with video content, with students applying these learned concepts in structured face-to-face workshops. Thus, the notion is that students take their lectures at home and do their homework in class.

In this presentation I will outline our recent experience with flipping the classroom in a third year physics class. I’ll show some examples of video lectures, and outline the challenges and benefits that we experienced. The challenges are the time and skills required to make videos, and the careful thought needed to construct workshops. But the benefits are considerable, including much higher levels of student engagement which we hope will translate into better learning.

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