Were you one of the first on campus to flip your course? Have you included a YouTube assignment on your syllabus since 2008? Were you using Twitter to communicate with classes and colleagues before some of your current students had even started high school? Whether your idea flies or flops, you may have found that taking the risk enabled you to discover discover new, dynamic, and effective ways of helping students learn.
And furthermore, you’re not alone. According to author Roger Arnold, many instructors are adopting a more experimental attitude toward using technology or new models (such as the “flipped classroom”) to deliver — and engage students with — course material. In this video, he talks about the changes he’s observed, and he also discusses how technology has opened up new avenues of communication among instructors and students.
Have you experimented with the “flipped classroom” model or with using mobile devices, social media, or other new technologies in your course? Share your experiences in the comments section below. For more about the “flipped classroom,” read Beverly Amer’s blog post, “To Flip or Not to Flip: That is the Question.”