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Winner of the British Council ‘Technology’ award
Winner of ‘Excellence in Teaching & Learning” University of Westminster
Flipping your classes
This talk is on-line to access
• Information about me (very quick).
Talk about the flipped classroom.
Change of focus in lectures.
3 great tools.
Thinking beyond the basic idea.
Freelance teacher trainer/speaker.
Part-time lecturer at the University of Warwick and a
NILE associate trainer.
Run www.teachertrainingvideos.com @
Last year 350,000 visitors.
18,000 subscribers to my monthly newsletter.
Being put forward by various institutions/governments as
a model for Continual Professional Development
Provides FREE help videos to show teachers how to use
New site will run videos on iPad too.
How it started
In 2007 I created www.teachertrainingvideos.com
using Techsmith Camtasia videos.
Step by step help videos for teachers.
Generated enormous interest.
Invites to talks, workshops and conferences.
Realised it was a marketing opportunity.
Could I do the same at the
University of Westminster?
Numbers had dropped to 12 on the MSc Course.
Needed to get more exposure/publicity for the
Had created some support videos.
Decided to release them on the internet with the
domain name www.multimediatrainingvideos.com
Interest in website increased applications.
Then won JISC funding.
Expansion of videos.
Shared on Vimeo/YouTube.
Blog ( short lived).
Worked hard on Search Engine Optimisation
Large numbers of visitors. Up to 1000 users a
Realised we had opportunity to flip our classes
too with so much content available.
Reduced lecture time to one hour
Increased tutorial time to 3 hours
Students were directed to the training videos
Lectures- reduced and changed
Shift in focus.
Showing more examples.
Focused more on design/layout/navigation.
Much less on the technical aspects.
Students watched the videos in their own time.
Tutorials time increased
Created tutorials for the increased tutorial periods
Task based with specific tasks to be done in each
Tutorials built towards the course work
A lot of initial work
Problems with some tutors ( worth discussion)
Very popular with students.
Could focus more on weaker students
Not enough appreciation from the top
When ALL M level courses were dropping in numbers
-potential students used the site to know about the
-students were influenced by the fact we had these
-nearly all students applying were aware of them (25 in
-15 applicants said that the videos had an
important/very important impact on their decision to
come to Westminster
Widening the flipped classroom
You will need somewhere to house your content
Just does screen capture
Very easy to use
Camtasia (used by Khan)
Integration with real video, call outs, subtitles etc
Very simple and cheap tool to use
Upload PP/Prezi and even Google Docs
Add voice and webcam
Output can be shared, embedded
Other recording options including PP+Audio, just
Recordings up to an hour long
Ideal for short lectures
Great for student reflection, pair work/group
Similar to Present.Me
Not the option of adding webcam
Upload Word, PP, PDF, Pictures, Video, just
Great for short lectures, presentations in the
flipped class mode but also great for students
Example 1 @
Example 2 @
Broadening the flipped class
Visited USA in 2010 as the flipped class idea was
Met various teachers working on the flipped class
model including Aaron Sams
-How do we make sure the students watch the videos?
-What else do they do but watch videos?
-Who produces all the tutorials?
-Do the teachers need special training?
-What other elements can we add?
-How does it relate to autonomous learning,
independent learning, critical thinking, higher thinking
In 2006, my idea on using screen capture for
feedback had resulted in enormous publicity in
the Higher Education sector and various prizes.
Use screen capture to provide feedback to our
Use the feedback in the class for summary
writing, working in groups discussing.
Feedback on an essay @
Feedback on blog @
Research in Norway @
Article in the Times Higher @
Article Independent @
Article in the Guardian @
JISC report @
Research in Canada @
Report in the HEA
Research at JISC
Research in Japan
Research at the Open University @
Research at Coventry University
Research at Cardiff Metropolitan
Impacting on Quality
• Student’s like the voice.
• Students’ feel it is more personal.
• More information is conveyed.
• Feedback can be elaborated on.
• Feedback can be very timely.
• Like ‘having the teacher sitting next to you’.
• Multimodal –Student learning styles.
• Motivating/authentic listening material
• Special needs students
• Stylistic benefits
Flipped classroom is really just a another model of
Tightly related to the development in
Almost a natural development in the way teaching and
learning is moving
Provided 3 key tools that can be used in a whole range
of scenarios including the flipped classroom.
Interesting from the marketing perspective.
A real mind set shift for a lot of teachers ( especially at
Flipped classroom resources
Aaron Sams on YouTube
Interesting blog from teacher who flips classes
Video about a school who has flipped their
A school that completely flipped …its teaching.
Help videos for all the tools
• PresentMe @
• Jing @ ( free tool)
• www.teachertrainingvideos..com @
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