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Flipped Classroom

Flipped Classroom

Research indicates that well-designed flipped and active learning courses may have significant advantages over traditional lecture-based courses. The Center for Teaching Excellences offers workshops and events designed to help you move your students to higher levels of learning through flipped and active learning course development.

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January 2017

University Technology Services (UTS) will host the annual BEST Institute January 5–6, 2017. BEST (Blackboard Educational Software Technologies) provides faculty and instructors the opportunity to explore new technologies and broaden their skills in Blackboard, VoiceThread, Adobe Connect and more! More than 20 sessions will be held across the Columbia campus during the two-day conference. Be prepared to meet and interact with colleagues while learning to take your classroom instruction to a different level.  More Information

 University Technology Services (UTS) will host the annual BEST Institute January 5–6, 2017. BEST (Blackboard Educational Software Technologies) provides faculty and instructors the opportunity to explore new technologies and broaden their skills in Blackboard, VoiceThread, Adobe Connect and more! More than 20 sessions will be held across the Columbia campus during the two-day conference. Be prepared to meet and interact with colleagues while learning to take your classroom instruction to a different level.  More Information

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning. More Information

When we teach online, how do we know that our students are doing the course work and how can we assess their knowledge and skills? Vera Polyakova-Norwood, director of Distributed Learning at the College of Nursing, will present an overview of the best practices in assessing student learning in online and blended courses.Participants will view and discuss examples of online assessments applicable to a variety of teaching and learning contexts.  Register

In a global information environment, is answer-finding still the best approach for students to learn? The ability to think critically, applying strategies across situations, is more important than ever before. Teaching critical thinking requires students to explore topics that may not be clearly defined. Such activities require continual synthesis (inductive) and analysis (deductive) practice using many variables. Students ask questions to find answers. Successful instruction in this context requires association between hierarchal learning theory and instructional practice. Come join the discussion relating theory to practice in teaching critical thinking.  Register

Team assignments are pedagogically sound and beneficial practices, but incorporating them effectively into course learning outcomes and managing them strategically in the classroom can be challenging. In this interactive workshop, Barbara Bolt and Lindsay McManus will share best practices for designing, detailing and assessing team projects in the undergraduate classroom.  Register

February 2017

Excellent speaking and writing skills are important aspects of successful teaching. However, a growing body of research suggests that effective listening plays an equally important role in leading a classroom. Join Bethany Tisdale and communication experts from the Center for Business Communication for an informal, practical discussion of specific active listening strategies that can help instructors serve as more effective leaders—both inside and outside the classroom. 

Lunch provided. Register

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

Join Michael Lampe, instructional design specialist from USC Upstate as he discusses how new technologies are making it easier to implement more learner-centered pedagogies. He will demonstrate practical tips to implement such pedagogies through exciting examples occurring on the Upstate campus. Such examples are coming from their active learning initiative, their Game Upstate Initiative and online teaching faculty development.  Register

 FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning. More Information

March 2017

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning. More Information

April 2017

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

Do you want to start making or improve your lecture videos but you don’t know what tools or resources are available? Find out how to utilize the best tools to make your lectures the engaging and effective resource you intend them to be. 

In this webinar, two experts in instructional development and design will share a variety of tools available to record videos and the resources on campus to help instructors be successful.  Register

Active learning is a student-centered approach in which short, easy, pre-planned activities are used to engage the student to be an active participant in their learning. Techniques such as think-pair-share, one-minute paper and other such exercises have been shown to improve student learning of material and engagement in the course. However, active learning strategies can be difficult for new instructors to implement because they require preparation and skills in guiding and moderating the learning activity.  

In this workshop, we will examine the three fundamental principles of learning integrated into active learning techniques and examine the planning system necessary to incorporate them. Attendees will actively participate in several active learning techniques applicable to a wide range of classroom settings. Join us to learn helpful tips on what you can do, how to do it and why active learning in the classroom is important to student learning.  Register

When used strategically, social media can be a powerful tool for boosting student engagement in college courses. But not all tools or techniques are equally effective. Join us for this lively workshop in which you’ll learn from a pro the best social media strategies for enhancing meaningful student engagement in your course.  Register

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning. More Information