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Flipping the Classroom/Paris this Fall

  • 1.  Flipping the Classroom/Paris this Fall

    Posted 01-26-2019 14:44

    Greetings, Colleagues,


    Has anyone "flipped" their classroom? If so, have you created your own, customized videos (e.g., like the Khan Academy videos), or do you use the videos supplied by textbook publisher? If so, I want to connect! I want to know how you like it (or not!).


    I ask these questions for three reasons.


    First, I am taking a one-year sabbatical starting September 1, 2019. I will be moving to Paris for most of this period, and traveling to nearby conferences and universities. Why my interest in Flipped Learning? Flipped learning was pioneered and popularized in higher education by Eric Mazur and in K-12 by Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams (see http://flglobal.org).  The framework is now used around the world to teach subjects including science, math, reading, and history, to dance, medicine, and law. Flipped Learning educators are reaching every student in primary schools like Ashhurst, high schools like Clintondale, and universities like Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and the first fully flipped university, MEF. 


    Most importantly, Flipped Learning is a framework that enables educators to reach every student in every classroom every day. The flipped approach inverts the traditional classroom model by introducing the course material before class, allowing teachers to use class time to guide each student through active, practical, innovative applications of the course content. Flipped Learning is transformative because shifting the basic instruction outside of the classroom gives educators the class time to use all forms of active learning strategies. As such, Flipped Learning is a framework that enables and supports all of the most effective instructional models of the day.


    Second, I have already flipped my Principles of Financial Accounting course, with positive results. To see how I've flipped it, please visit I have been a pioneer of the Flipped Learning movement at Chico State since summer 2013, when I won a grant from the CSU Chancellor's Office to redesign principles of financial accounting. This course is considered a "bottleneck course." My ACCT 201 courses used a "flipped learning" model which first required students to view several "miniature" online videos at home before coming to the first class each week, taught by me. The Tuesday class was a large lecture class of 115 students. The videos consisted of several miniature videos of 5-15 minutes each, much like the Khan Academy videos. Viewing the videos was considered "pre homework" and was required prior to attending the large lecture class on Tuesday.  This lecture started with a clicker quiz in order to make sure students watched the videos. It also allowed me to assess student learning up to that point, which guided him in clarifying difficult concepts and then allowing him to provide a deeper discussion on important topics that engaged students and promoted critical thinking. The second live meeting each week, on Thursday, consisted of two smaller, breakout classes of about 55 students each, overseen by me but delivered by upper-division, accounting student mentors (trained by me). If you want to see a brief video showing how and why I've flipped out for this, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fG6vrSLDyM


    Third, if you live in or near Paris, please let me know. I'd like to get together for coffee or un petit déjeuner J.


    Miles of Smiles,


    Curtis L. DeBerg, CPA



    California State University, Chico

    Founder: http://sageglobal.org

    Author: How High Is Up?