At the University of Trinidad and Tobago, recording lectures was once a cumbersome technology dance. From loaner cameras and SD cards to burning and distributing DVDs, the process was disconnected from the teaching and learning objectives and produced no measurable results.
The university aligned its efforts by transitioning to an active flipped classroom.
Imagine using academic video to strengthen prerequisite skills, enhance curriculum content, ease anticipated student struggles, and push students further in their knowledge of course material.
A variety of recent studies have shown that active learning—engaging students through activities, discussion and collaboration—is more effective than traditional lecturing, and can even result in better exam performance and reduced failure rates.
Colleges and universities are under pressure to provide more flexibility in their learning environments, and offer students and faculty multiple ways to access and deliver content.
Many colleges and universities face challenges when it comes to their phone and communications systems. Outdated phone systems offer limited capabilities and often consume time and resources due to support and maintenance requirements.
An increasing number of colleges and universities are redesigning traditional lecture halls and classrooms into active learning classrooms, which are more flexible and open designs that better foster teamwork, collaboration and interactive instruction through a variety of engaging technologies.