With schools, colleges, and universities back in classes, the educational landscape is very different to what it was the last time teachers were in the comforting physical confines of their classrooms. However, a return to the physical classroom does not simply mean going back to the way things were before. Far from it. Indeed, it would be such a waste if that were the case. With teachers the world over having embraced (and mastered) the challenge of teaching online over the past six months, there are too many lessons that have been learned to throw that knowledge away. Therefore, a blended learning approach is very much the way forward, and at the very heart of that is the notion of the flipped classroom.
In an online environment, there is a greater expectation that students will do the necessary pre- and post-class work to ensure that the live, synchronous class time can be maximized and run smoothly. So why change that model just because we are (in part) returning to the real-world classroom? The benefits are there for all to see – we’ve experienced it already and so it’s now time to transfer that experience to the new normal.
The webinars in this Playlist reflect that ethos. Many of the ideas in these webinars, while suggested to enhance the online classroom, are equally applicable in enhancing the real-world classroom. They bring together ideas on how we can use technology and the online environment to prepare students for synchronous class time – be that face-to-face or online – and, as such, maximize learning, communication and collaboration in the classroom.
As Hugh Dellar and Russell Stannard quite rightly highlight in their talk Getting Students Ready for Online Lessons…Online!, “effective online delivery requires the cooperation of the students” and “live lessons are more effective when linked to homework.” And if we can take that into the real-world classroom too, then it might just change the way we teach forever.
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Developing Reading Skills in an Online Environment, Alex Warren
Getting Students Ready for Online Lessons…Online! Hugh Dellar and Russell Stannard
Exploring, Exploiting and Expanding on Online Lessons, Hugh Dellar and Russell Stannard