What is “flipping” all about? It’s a new term for an old practice. Consider the “flipped” part: students do some work outside of class to, in effect, be better prepared for class. “That’s it?” you ask. Pretty much, yeah. So why has it emerged recently as a trend in educational technology? Because technology expands how and what you can “flip.” Twenty years ago it would be difficult to put a lecture online, expect students to watch it, track to make sure they have, and then engage in activity in class. But now, it’s really easy to do that. Where you may have had reading or some writing exercises outside of class that would better prepare for in-class (lecture and discussion), you can now have a lecture online, available for viewing and reviewing to fit a student’s needs.
Panopto is our biggest tool in flipping lectures. It’s easy-to-use (once you get the hang of it), robust, mobile-ready, and integrates with Moodle. The best part is the concern I can hear you thinking, but I haven’t addressed yet: “How will I know they watched it?” Panopto provides detailed statistics per presentation, per user, and overall for the course.
Sometimes just showing students this is available helps them realize it’s not “skippable.” Moreover, most flipped components should have a review/assessment piece, even if it’s part of a minor portion of the grade.