DIT flips its Classrooms for flexible learningPosted: 23 March, 2016
The flipped classroom is simply a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Instead of lecturing in class and assigning homework for outside of class, you flip it. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to hands-on group activities, group problem solving exercises, projects, or discussions.
In 2013, the DIT School of Computing embarked on an ambitious five year project to incorporate online Flipped Classrooms as a core part of its programmes. A suite of modules on Cloud Computing, Programming, Algorithms and Computer Technology are now available in this format. A Global Classroom is being delivered for the fourth time this year, where teams of international students from Dublin, Korea, Finland and Germany work together across timezones on a software development project, mimicking the experience of working in a major ICT multinational.
'Feedback from learners has been very positive,' said Brian Gillespie, project manager for the School of Computing's Flexible Learning strategy. 'We've managed to mix the flexibility of online delivery for theoretical material, and preserved the face-to-face contact with the lecturer in the practical labs, which is providing a much better learning experience overall'.
'It's not without its challenges,' says Peter Manifold, the instructional designer who helps academic staff produce the online content. 'It takes lecturers a while to become comfortable with how they look and sound and adapt their own style to the format'
Further modules in Databases, Object Oriented Programming, Machine Learning and Team Computing are planned for September 2016.