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Digital Learning Day 2015

Flexible EnvironmentOn Friday March 13th, 2015 many teachers will open their classrooms to show the public what their flipped classroom looks like. You can find more information at the Flipped Learning Network website. I plan to open my class at 2:30pm – 3:45pm as well as offer a information session following that class at 4pm. The direct form to sign up to see my class is here.

This is at the Guadalajara Campus of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Please arrange to visit ahead of time so we ensure you can enter the campus and have information at the security gate of why you will enter the campus. The session locations are as follows:

  • 2:30pm-3:45pm Open Class in room 1402 (building 1, 4th/top floor, room 2)
  • 4pm-5:15pm “Aula Invertida”(slides here) in room 1405, right down the hall from the other session.

Feel free to attend both, only one or contact me for future information about sessions, courses and talks about Flipped Learning

Video about the Sessions

Come see how this works

Source: http://electriceducator.blogspot.mx/2010/09/flip-your-classroom-through-reverse.html
Source: http://electriceducator.blogspot.mx/2010/09/flip-your-classroom-through-reverse.html

My entire course as well as the submissions of my students are online for you to view at this website: Courses by Ken. This course (syllabus here) is an introductory course in computer programming at the undergraduate level for non-computing engineering majors. The website linked is used for both courses.  The course TC1017 (Solutions to Problems with Programming with C++) is the one that I will be showing on Friday the 13th; the other course is TC1014 (Fundamentals of Programming with Python) is the equivalent course for computing program majors.

What will you see

This class meets twice per week over the 16 week semester. At the beginning of each week I record a video for the classes (usually the same video is for both variations of the course since the content is very similar). You can see the collection of videos for this course on my YouTube list for them

To be honest, every day in my classroom varies depending on the needs of the students at that time. The students are in between our exam periods so should be in the “normal pace” of activities which include:

  1. working on a sequence of activities that I loosely format based on what Crystal Kirch‘s WSQ assignments.  There is an average of one of these per week during our 16 week semester.
  2. choosing with mastery topics they are able to meet as well as to which level (on an OSU – Outstanding/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory scale) they will show mastery. There are 30 mastery topics they need to meet for mastery of the course content.
  3. taking formative assessment activities which can be in class quizzes using a platform such as Socrative or Kahoot! or a quiz they can do on their own time (and multiple times).
  4. perhaps working on the project (in pairs) that is due at the end of the semester.

Since my style of a mastery based classroom puts the deadlines on the activities #1,#2,#4 above are all  on the last day of class May 6th, many students are at different levels. This is intentional. I have a varied range of prior experience in computing with my groups since some have 10+ years of programming experience before arriving and many others have close to no prior experience.

I start the class with a pep talk about what to be working on as well as addressing any common questions and then spend most of the time in the classroom working with individual students or small groups.

Are you Curious?

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Please come visit this course or contact me to arrange to talk about my implementation of Flipped Learning, I am always eager to discuss my work with others. You can also see what we are doing in my Open Course on Flipped Learning which is currently running and I plan to offer it again starting in May 2015.

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