I chose the article, The benefits of Flipping your Classroom because I want to use this concept in my leadership class but it wasn’t working the way I was doing it. I realize now that a part of the issue is that I didn’t take it far enough. I taught the class for the first time last year and I kept it in the former instructors format because I was new to the college and I wanted to make sure I covered everything required the first go around. In the end I realized that the last instructor didn’t cover leadership but basic supervision and there were gaps in the learning. So I am now in a refresh process.
Between the article and Salman Khan’s, Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education, I really like the ideas presented and the concepts. I’m not sure that I will have time to record all of the lectures this year but that may work in the future, I’m more considering shorter lectures (30 to 45 minutes) and then the remaining hour work with the students to understand the concepts, have guest speakers and more real life examples. Last year many students asked me if the concepts I was explaining really worked in the real world. I said that they did because I had used them. I have since met others who have as well so bringing them in to the classroom would assist in driving the point home.
I also like the idea of changing how I grade the course. Up until now it has been done as a multiple choice exam. But I always wondered, how do leadership skills come out in multiple choice exams? Well they don’t. It just gives a grade. Instead I think I will look for something more leadership related… possibly formal presentations or a strategic plan.
Does anyone have any other ideas of what I could use for assessments in this area?