Discussion Questions

Discussion Question #1:
What are our current common understandings of these methods and terms?

Discussion Question #2:
If learning were implemented in a way that it transforms the learning experience, what might we see in the learning environment? How do we get there? Let’s brainstorm ways we can make these methods more meaningful and transformative.

Discussion Question #3:
How will this conversation impact your work going forward? What takeaways do you have to share that give you a lens for viewing other presentations during sxswedu?

Questions for Further Exploration

  • Does this just replicate lecture? If so, is that okay?
  • What evidence do we have that students prefer learning through flipped? through blended? or connected?
  • How do we gather that evidence from our own students?
  • Is flipped learning or blended learning MORE inclusive? less inclusive? neither?
  • What are challenges for students in blended learning? for teachers? btw, Studies inconclusive about whether it is more effective for student learning unless you allow student choice/self direction and self-assessment(see bibliography) in purely connected learning? more students quit? don’t know how to get help?
  • Do we mix up terms when we think all online learning is the “same”? Effectiveness varies because models vary.

Former Session Description

Social technologies, multimedia, & mobile devices such as iPads have enabled educators and learners to become more connected and to engage in learning anytime, anywhere, 24/7/365. Blended learning, flipped classrooms, & connected learning are some of the latest buzzwords used to describe the emerging practices being rapidly adopted as devices become more ubiquitous for students. While many educators are embracing these methods, others find the terms confusing or vague and some debate whether the new methods and tools are effective or even very innovative.

  • So what does all of this mean?
  • How do we make these methods more meaningful and transformative methods of instruction?
  • What do we mean by flipped, blended, and connected learning? What makes a technology-based teaching and learning practice innovative or transformative?
  • Of these emerging practices, which, if any, do we consider more revolutionary and which seem to be merely a replication of the traditional methods/models/systems in digital form? Is it better to be truly revolutionary and transformative, or is replication acceptable if it improves learning outcomes?
  • What are the implications of this for each of us individually in our own work? How does this inform our practice or challenge how we approach the use of technology in teaching and learning?