Using Video to Enhance Instruction

If you’re teaching an online class, you’ve probably used video in your courses to provide instruction or tutorials–or perhaps both–to your students. But video tools can be useful in a variety of teaching contexts, from face-to-face to blended to fully online courses. Imagine, for example, you want to show your students how to use a particular piece of software. You could demonstrate it in class using the projector and the smart board, but what if your students forget what you did and didn’t take very good notes to refer to later? (I know, it’s a wildy implausible scenario, but bear with me.) Continue reading “Using Video to Enhance Instruction”

Flipping Out for the Flipped Classroom

One of the biggest obstacles to deeper learning in our classrooms is the fact that, in a traditional face-to-face semester course, we only get about two and a half hours of contact time with our students per week. That’s not very much time at all. So how can we balance covering important course content with the types of (usually fairly time-consuming) in-class activities that promote active, engaged learning? Something has to give, right?  Continue reading “Flipping Out for the Flipped Classroom”