Flipping the Classroom is a popular topic. In fact, in the most recent Horizon Report, the flipped classroom was named one of the most important emerging trends in educational technology for higher education …”because of how it rearranges face-to-face instruction for professors and students, creating a more efficient and enriching use of class time.”
The flipped class in law school has been the subject of several posts on this blog:
- Flipping the learning paradigm with Adobe Presenter
- Using Twen to flip the classroom
- Flipped learning
- Twen multimedia options help professors flip the classroom
- Can flip teaching happen in law school
This semester, one of the professors at Albany Law School has decided to “flip” his Federal Civil Procedure class.
Each week he uses the software VideoScribe to create a video.
The video file is uploaded to TWEN for the students to watch outside of the classroom.
Students have to certify that they have watched the video in its entirety.
The professor also has the ability to check to see who has and who has not watched each video.
A detailed view can be seen monthly for each student showing how they watched the video (time, pausing, etc.):
During class time, the professor can spend time elaborating on what was covered in the video, answering questions about the content and engaging the students rather than using the traditional “Socratic method.”
I asked the professor about how things were going so far:
I think it’s much more productive (giving the students the material ahead of time) and I can use the time to do more examples, rather than lecture.
Then the important question…”Are the videos enhancing student learning?”
I’m going to do an analysis. I think they are helpful, but my analysis is going to try to determine whether there is any connection between watching the videos and how students fared on the mid-term. Stay tuned.
As the professor says…STAY TUNED.
Are there any law school professors experimenting with “flipping the classroom?” If so, how is it working out? Are students learning better?
Here are some recommended articles for those considering “flipping” the Law School classroom:
- FLIPPED: Prof Models New Way of Teaching
- Seven Tips for a Successful Flip
- Instruction Spotlight: Flipping the Classroom
- Flipped Classrooms Benefits – An Overview
- The flipped Classroom
- Flipping the Legal Research Classroom
- Optimizing the Law School Classroom Through the ‘Flipped’ Classroom Model
- Flipping the Law School Classroom – conference handout
- Flipping the Law Classroom to Ease Student Anxiety
- The Upside-Down Classroom: How the flipped lecture model can be used in legal education
- Innovative and Interactive Teaching and Learning
- Flipping Socrates
- Understanding the Flipped Classroom: Part 1
- Flipped classrooms – Are they working?