Simon Thomson: Don’t Flop When You Flip

This video can be seen alongside others from the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Open Lecture series and annual conferences on the EDU Vimeo channel.

When we “flip” our classrooms it can be a daunting experience. There is a shift in emphasis from the “teacher” as knowledge provider (Sage on the Stage) to a more equal participatory relationship (Guide on the Side). This talk explores the use of the “flipped classroom” model as a way of making best use of people, time and technology. Using the 4E framework (Thomson, 2012) as an approach for technology enhanced learning conversations, the session examines ways in which the flipped classroom can enrich the pedagogic experience for learner & teacher.

Simon is a “flipped academic” (Bruton 2012). He is Head of Digital Pedagogy at Leeds Beckett University, an academic post in the Centre for Learning & Teaching. His current work includes the development of a conversational framework for technology use, with a focus on it’s ability to enable, enhance, enrich and empower learning & teaching.

He has led on a number of funded Learning & Teaching projects including a JISC/HEA funded Open Education project and a Leadership Foundation supported 1to1 tablet device implementation, examining the effects such deployment has on learning & teaching and learners and teachers. He has presented and published his work at a number of national and international conferences, predominantly in the areas of learning technology and open education.

Simon was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellow (2014) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SEDA accredited in Embedding Learning Technologies and an Apple Distinguished Educator.

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