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Hollingsworth has been explaining the
flip teaching method to faculty at IU
Southeast and believes it is a beneficial
practice for student learning.
Traditional teaching means a syllabus
that instructs students to read before
class. The problem, Hollingsworth
says, is that some students don’t. The
instructor then lectures on the subject,
essentially repeating what the prepared
students should already know. The only
time for analysis and applied learning
then is outside the classroom.
The problem there is that many
students need extra help with the
applied learning portion, whether
through group work with their
peers or additional instruction from
a professor. By moving applied
learning to class time, students can
complete collaborative group work
with a professor there to answer
questions, allowing for a better form of
understanding.
It may take some time for faculty – some
of whom consider themselves lecturers
to get used to a new method, but
Hollingsworth thinks it’s worth it.
There’s an increase of work,” he said.
There’s also fear that ‘I don’t know
how to do this’ or it’s too much.”
Many IU Southeast faculty members
already are applying this method of
teaching, and Hollingsworth would
like to see more. Luckily, the Graduate
Center lends itself to this type of
practice.
Applying this method of learning
requires a variety of efforts. Faculty are
certainly an important part, but having
the right space to learn is imperative.
A new kind of classroom
At the IU Southeast Graduate
Center, the University has created
four distinctly different classrooms:
the collaboration classroom, the
Node room, the boardroom, and
the traditional classroom. Each is
configured for a different teaching
style.
The new space allowed us to design
very innovative classrooms both in
terms of layout and technology,” White
said.
The collaboration classroom, also
known as the computer lab, is the
most complicated and the most
advanced in the terms of technology,
according to Lee Staton, manager of IT
communications and special projects.
The room includes four round tables
that each seat six students and hold six
touch-screen computers. On the wall
next to each table is a large flat-screen
monitor that has the ability to display
any of the six students’ work. The
instructor has a podium in the middle of
the room and can control all monitors.
This type of design allows for group
Every
classroom
has different
needs
as far as
collaboration
and the
need for
technology.
Lee Staton