4 Video Tactics to improve the Flipped Classroom

The flipped classroom is overturning learning as we know it.

What is a Flipped Classroom?

For those not familiar with the concept, here is a great infographic and explanation of the Flipped Classroom from the University of Texas at Austin.

The Flipped Classroom

The concept proposes that teachers assign class lectures during time at home and complete hands-on work in the classroom. Contrary to the traditional classroom, this allows students to work together with hands-on projects and get support from instructors.

Many have been experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom, but how effective is the tactic? Lessons Learned from 1,125 Flipped Classrooms explains how the Army benefited from Flipped Classrooms and became a model for educators everywhere.

According to the article, the key ingredients of the flipped classroom are:

  • The students learn by doing in class—memorizing, drilling with questions or flashcards, solving problems and writing essays and papers.
  • The teacher’s principal activity in class is to help individual students, one at a time, mostly when asked by the student.
  • Each student progresses from one lesson to the next only after demonstrating competence of the current lesson.

At Viddler, we understand how video improves the effectiveness of the flipped classroom. With online video as a tool, the interactive learning possibilities lead to student discussions, dialogue between instructor and teacher, and increased comprehension.

Here are 4 video Tactics to make the flipped classroom even more effective:

1.  Video Timeline commenting

Timeline commenting can be effective tool for engaging your students in the flipped classroom.

They can help facilitate Q&A in two ways:

  • The learner can ask questions as they occur to him/her, just as they would in a traditional lecture.
  • The instructor can get feedback on where students are struggling to understand the material from the video.

If there are a lot of comments in one section, it might signal a need for additional review of the topic. Use student comments as a way to find out what your students are struggling with.

2.  Embed video with specific starting points

Start video at specific time

We often see important information lost within a longer video. By using links, tags, or comments to chapter content for specific video starting points:

  • Students gain quick access to important topics that may otherwise be hard to find
  • Instructors no longer need to spend time in video editing software cutting down their material into smaller videos

Your students will thank you for making their educational experience more efficient.

3.  Require students to post comments and questions

Asking your students to post comments is a great way to drive engagement and prove they have watched the material before class.

Posting comments and questions can:

  • Hold students accountable for watching
  • Allow instructors to require students to answer a prompted question
  • Allow students to ask a question themselves
  • Allow students to answer each others’ questions and engage in conversation
  • Ability to approve and moderate comments if needed

4.  Use Video Analytics

Find out when you lose their attention!

Analytics can be a great way to detect how your students are viewing your videos.

With the proper set of analytic tools, you can see:

How many students are viewing the required content

If you find that your views are low, develop a course of action to combat lack of participation.

Exactly which parts of the video are watched

Are students skipping through the video? If they are, require commenting or ask questions from the most frequently skipped section to make sure they stay on track.

When they watched

Are students waiting until the last minute to watch? This may be affecting their comprehension of the material. If so, create a deadline for viewing videos or a deliverable based on the video content. By reviewing these measurements, you can get a better understanding for your students and where you should focus your efforts in the classroom.

So What’s Next?

The Flipped Classroom is full of opportunities, especially with the power of video at its side. Through the use of timeline commenting, specific video starting points, student commenting, and video analytics, students and instructors can capitalize on an interactive learning experience.

Let’s work together to make the flipped classroom even better.

What techniques have you learned are most effective in the flipped classroom? Comment below!