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Title Pods, flipped classroom and student active learning in higher education
Author(s) Björk, Mikael ; Leijon, Marie
Date 2014
English abstract
Abstract Summary: A workshop aiming to share experiences made concerning the idea of the Flipped Classroom as well as ICT and Learning within higher education, and in relation to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Participants will be given an insight to the authors’ experiences of facilitating student active learning in an introductory course to SOTL and the scholarly and didactic considerations behind it. Abstract text: Content We aim to share experiences made concerning the idea of the flipped classroom and ICT and learning as a valuable way of working within higher education and in relation to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Based on experiences made during the course "Akademiskt lärarskap", 5 credits, the authors aim to recreate a typical (one day) course session with a focus on student active learning, the idea of the "flipped classroom" and mediating learning. Scholarly basis A scholarly point of departure in our course and the workshop, draws on the idea of the “flipped classroom” where research indicates that podcasts used in the ”flipped classroom way” can be an effective way of personalising the learning experience in especially on-line courses (cf. Bolliger et al, 2010; Spies, 2011). The characteristics of podcasting increase the impression of permanent contact between students and teachers and allows for a diverse range of student skills and learning methods. Even if podcasting can be a powerful tool it should serve as a complement to the traditional resources on a course (Fernandez et al, 2009). To conclude, when podcasts are presented to students, they tend to use them as a means towards better understanding (Mc Garr, 2009) Another scholarly basis is the theoretical concept “Designs for learning” that highlights the material and temporal conditions for learning as in for example learning resources, buildings, classrooms and curriculum. However, there can also be a focus on designs in learning – highlighting the whole learning process of an individual, as a learner designs his or her way, choosing apt resources to transform her understanding into new representations. In this theoretical context communication and representation are seen as a social process of sign-making. The perspective also stresses participants’ creation and production (Selander & Kress, 2010). The design oriented perspective can be used as a tool for understanding learning, recognition of learning and the conditions for learning in higher education today (Leijon & Lindstrand, 2012). Closely connected to the design oriented perspective is the idea that working with media increases motivation, encouraging both activity and cooperation in a learning situation. Working with different media forms such as sound and moving images allow participants to avail themselves of a variety of types of texts, with different affordances, and to use them as resources in a learning process (cf. Leijon, 2010). Session outline Participants will be given an insight to the authors’ experiences of student active learning in the course “Akademiskt lärarskap” through a podcast presenting the course structure and the scholarly and didactic considerations behind it. The pod gives the group a common ground for a brain-storm aiming to a) produce further questions and b) gather experiences regarding the subject of student centered teaching and learning activities. By basis of interest the participants will be divided into smaller constellations which will then be given the task of mediating their questions and/or experiences through the production of analogue or digital posters. The posters will be presented within the workshop session and a brief discussion on the process and session topic will round off the workshop. - Pod/introduction - 10 minutes - Brain-storm - 20 - Group work - 20 - Mediating questions and/or experiences - 20 - Presentation - 10 - Final discussion - 10 Expected outcomes Participants partaking in the workshop will be expected to: • Reflect upon the benefits and consequences of student active teaching and learning activities. • Gain hands-on experience of a “Flipped classroom” process in a higher education setting. Discuss the podcast and the idea of mediating knowledge as resource for learning.
Link http://www.iced2014.se/docs/ICED2014%20abstracts.pdf (external link to publication)
Host/Issue ICED 2014, Educational Development in a Changing World : Abstracts;
Pages 263-264
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) mediating learning
higher education
scholarship of teaching and learning
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note ICED 2014, Educational Development in a Changing World, 16-18 june, Stockholm Sweden
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18099 (link to this page)
Link http://www.iced2014.se (external link to related web page)

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