I plan on transforming my section of organic chemistry 221 into a “Flipped Class”. In this pedagogy, student view lectures that have been posted online by the professor prior to coming to class. This gives the students the opportunity to go at their own pace and can view the lectures as many times as they need to gain mastery of the material. An added benefit of this model is that students have access to lectures that they miss due to illness and college related activities. They can either work ahead or catch up as time allows without having to try and get notes or try and schedule a lengthy appointment with the professor.
Since the basic lecture material is covered by the students outside of class, class time then can be spent going over the concepts at a higher level, and providing students time to work problems in class with the professor their to facilitate the students learning. Traditionally time to work problems in class is cut out so content can be covered.
Studies presented at the resent American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Dallas (March, 2014) clearly indicate that students typically score a half to one full letter grade higher in a flipped classroom, have better scores on standardized ACS and have lower drop rates from the course.
It is my hope that by instituting a flipped class in organic chemistry, I can observe similar trends in student performance and retention in the class.
In order to flip my class I will need routine access to:
- a digital camcorder capable of saving files in mp4, tripod, battery, power adaptor, memory cards-2 ($420)
- a high capacity external hard drive ($180, 4TB)
- wireless microphone ($150)
videos will be edited by imovie which is on the mac or a similar package.