Author: Komlan Edouard Ezunkpe
Identify a current technology that emerged in the last few years that shapes learning or productivity in your industry
The technology innovation being used in my program is the pedagogical strategy known as the flipped classroom. According to the most recent New Media Consortium Horizon Report, the flipped classroom is an educational model that rearranges or shifts the ownership of learning from the educator to the learner (New Media Consortium, 2015). Flipped classroom methodology provides an opportunity for students to gain initial exposure to class materials prior to the class. In this model, the time formerly used for instruction is devoted to projects, exercises, and discussions that are to be completed by the students in class. Educators using this model often use online tools such as short video lectures, instructional videos, podcasts, as well as e-books to deliver educational content outside of the classroom.
Explain the problems or challenges that have been associated with this technology.
The innovation presents drawbacks and challenges for both the teachers and the students. Different families originate from varying socio-economic backgrounds. As thus, some students might be overwhelmed with lack of access to video-viewing technology and computers, outside the school environment. Subsequently, the shift from group learning space to the individual learning space might present excessive pressure on students incapable or minimally capable to keep pace with additional personal responsibility (Beesley & Apthorp, 2010). The innovation is still subject to challenges posed by differentiated learner styles. Some students might be incapable of learning through instructional videos or lectures at home. The flipped classroom innovation requires a longer preparation time and perhaps new skills from the instructor.
Explain the societal needs is this technology meets and what its benefits are.
Success in the classroom setting imposes higher order thinking, a factor deficient in the traditional model of classroom instruction. Higher order thinking is characterized by a learner-centered model of instruction. Through active learning, guiding learning, engaging students, providing timely feedback, correcting misunderstandings and applying varying pedagogical strategies, significant learning opportunities are created. Students are given additional responsibility for personal learning via studying course content prior to the class (Berrett, 2012). By so doing, they can apply skills and knowledge to an array of activities through higher order thinking. By providing a flexible environment, learning culture, intentional content and a professional educator, the innovation can effectively meet the need in the chosen context. Flexible learning affords a multiplicity of learning styles. The Leaning culture allows accessibility to opportunities for meaningful learning. Intentional content triggers conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Professional educators provide feedback and assess student progress.
Explain the pitfalls of this technology. Share what would make this technology even better, avoiding the pitfalls you identify.
Particularly, selection of materials requires a considerable amount of time, since the instructor has to watch several videos before the selection. Essentially, the recording or production of videos, prerecorded lectures, or other out-of-class resources could be time-consuming. Certainly, educator skills are essential for producing learning materials. Moreover, the instructor needs skills for the smooth integration of out-of-class resources into in-class elements (Flipped Learning Network, 2012). Combining the above factors, the major challenges posed by the innovation include students at low developmental stages falling behind their peers. This will put unnecessary pressure on some families to gain access to needed technology. Also it can bestow on the instructor fatigue due to the additional responsibilities created by the innovation. The users of this technology need to focus on the innovation. Having achieved this milestone, they need to acquire the aptitude to get a clear focus in their journey towards developing their professional profile. They need to achieve clarity in the chosen innovation, establish priorities, and accommodate the requirements of the innovation. They must nurture passion for the new technology.
Include a graphic and a link to a website where your chosen technology is featured and discussed.
Beesley, A., & Apthorp, H. (Eds.). (2010). Classroom instruction that works, second edition: Research report. Denver, CO: McRel.
Berrett, D. (2012, February 19). How flipping the classroom can improve the traditional lecture. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Flipped Learning Network. (2012). Improve student learning and teacher satisfaction with one flip of the classroom. Retrieved from author at http://flippedlearning1.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/classroomwindowinfographic7-12.pdf
New Media Consortium. (2015). It’s Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 HiEd Edition. Retrieved from New Media Consortium Horizon Report: http://www.nmc.org/news/nmc-horizon-report-2015-hied-edition/