While many people will remember 2012 as an election year, others will remember it as a year of increased interest in online learning. On campuses and in media across the country, people are discussing the impact of blended learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and the use of technology in and out of the classroom.
Therefore, it seems only appropriate that the final Teaching With Technology brownbag presentation for 2012 would focus on how one introductory course in the College of ACES was transformed by some of these technologies.
In this presentation, professor Bill Simmons from the College of ACES, and John Tubbs from CITES, discuss how the ACES 101 course was flipped from a large hall lecture course to a course that now relies more heavily on video and Illinois's eText system for basic instruction. Flipping this course dramatically reduced the amount of time spent on large lectures, thereby freeing up more class time for discussion and interaction with students.
Faculty and instructors that are responsible for creating courses and course materials should check out this presentation to learn more about how CITES can help set up a blended learning environment that leverages new technologies.
Or if you're not an instructor, but still interested in the future of college classroom instruction, this presentation provides the history of an important course that has been successfully flipped.