Talk:The Flipped Math Classroom
Mini-Course Evaluation -- Ryan Mulligan (talk) 13:04, 9 April 2014 (EDT)
1. What Works Well
After going through the course I would say that this course is designed with the learner in mind. The learner is not hindered by the online learning environment and benefits from the set up. As the learner moves from top to bottom on the intro page they are directed what to do. This helps the learner understand more of the material and not have to worry about user error. Another benefit of the intro page was the video that discussed the flipped classroom. This is a wonderful introduction that helps a learner understand why this mini-course is beneficial. Also, each lesson is described very well and in detail. As I moved into the first lesson I knew exactly what I should be doing.
2. My Learning
As I was moving through the first lesson, I was trying to determine where exactly it started. One small change that I would make would be to make headings in bold to differentiate with the text. A page that is similar to the intro page would work very well. After determining what I had to do, learning became very easy because of the set up of the course. The learning was sequential in that you discovered more about the objectives before having to apply one self in the topic. The videos and readings keep the learner well-informed. If these did not help the learner then the prezi presentation surely did so. Then the learner is asked to assess their learning in an effective manner using active learning rather than simple reflection.
-- Rasmiya Ruenes (talk) 17:30, 13 April 2014 (EDT)
I Like/What works
I never really knew much about Flipped classrooms until I saw your course. Your course draws attention from the beginning with the way you organized your information. The comics are perfect. I noticed you put Ms. Steers in it. You have awesome videos which are perfect. They don't drag on and are very interesting focusing on the points you are trying to make. I also love the idea of the prezi and you are having learners interact with your lessons. Your lesson and great resources and activities do connect with the objectives and the outcomes so learners aren't confused. You make each step clear in what you want to teach.
Have you considered this?
Your activities are great. The questions you want your learners to think before they read are perfect and so are the videos you want the learner to watch as they think of the questions. Is there any way you can somehow make the activity directions stand out so its separate from the rest of the text maybe bold so it signals to learner that they will be doing an activity. Also, I had a little trouble in the beginning being directed to mini course because I was looking for a tab that says mini-course but I found it.
Lauren, you did a beautiful job and honestly interesting and creative presentation and well organized and visually appealing!
What I like/What worked well:
* Intro: course title, clear info about what to expect in course, illustrative cartoon, clear headings for each lesson, effective links. The following quote gives a clear feel for the course in regular language “Throughout this course, we will explore what a flipped classroom is, what strategies are used in a flipped math classroom, how some teachers approach flipped math classrooms, and you will try out a flipped classroom approach with your own students.”
* Lesson 1: comparison chart, information chunked, good resources, relevant meaningful activities, well written objectives that clarify not only what they will be able to do at the end of the lesson but foreshadow the activities they will engage in.
While you provide information on this page its not overly text heavy. Learners use varied sources to make meaning of the content: readings, videos, and prezi. You provide guiding questions. You provide an application activity which serves to deepen learning and provide formative assessment. You provide a clear rubric of your expectations
What you might consider:
* Intro:Please provide links to the class homepage and your portfolio.
* Lesson 1:Make your headings bolder to chunk sections. You provide navigation to the next module at top and bottom and access to course intro at top. I recommend that you add navigation to your portfolio and to each unit on every page.
Evaluation -- Amanda Martin (talk) 18:36, 30 April 2014 (EDT)
I'd like to start with what I liked:
Your cartoon strip and introduction video were awesome! They were a great introduction to your mini-course. I like how each of your units are precise and to the point with minimal writing. Your Reading, videos, articles, and presentations are clearly marked with respective little images to represent each aspect. I also like how you used the internet; there are a great deal of outside sources which provide more to your mini-course without actually putting more writing into it.
Here are some suggestions:
Maybe moving your return to/go to links to the bottom of each page. I feel like since there are so many of them, it brings away from the given unit being at the top. If you move them to the bottom, learners can go to where they need/want to go after they go through your units. Also, I'm not sure if you can but possibly making it so that when learners click on the pdf's for your activities in each unit it brings them directly to the pdf rather than the upload page. Learners can still get to the pdf using the upload page but was just wondering if there was a way to make it a direct link.
You might want to check:
Your Prezi brought me to the right page and everything but I wasn't able to find or see the actual presentation. That might be because of my lack of experience with Prezi. Every single one of your links works in your mini-course except the first one in Unit 2 example section. It looks like there's just two of the same link combined. I'm not a professional with objectives and outcomes but I think they are two different things and I saw you kind of linked them together. Check with the Professor on this; as I said, I'm no pro!
Aside from those minor suggestions, I think you made a really effective mini-course. After every unit you had a place for reflection and assessment, using the discussion tab up top (very innovative!). Your images were all fitting and brought life to your mini-course. All your examples and sources were informational and beneficial for the learner as well. Overall, great job on your mini-course! I'm a huge fan!
MiniCourse Evaluation -- Nicole Miller (talk) 19:44, 8 May 2014 (EDT)
What I liked/What worked well: Your mini-course looks great and is very easy to navigate. Your objectives were relevant and consistent throughout your mini-course. The introduction was clear and video was helpful in understanding what the learner should expect from the course. In Unit 1, I really enjoyed the different modes of accessing information. I especially liked the info graphic and Flipped Classroom diagram. The videos of different flipped classrooms in Unit 2 were very helpful in developing a deeper understanding of the process and what this instructional approach is all about. I thought it was a good idea to have educators complete a survey about their students before and after implementing strategies for the flipped classroom. It serves for a good baseline and information for educators to work with. I did not know much about The Flipped Classroom approach prior to your mini-course; I have to say I really enjoy the thought of it and am interested in implementing some of these strategies in my classroom to assess their effectiveness. I am intrigued! Thank you for providing an excellent course with multitude of techniques and knowledge on The Flipped Classroom.
What you might consider: Two of your documents could be easier to access if you changed the links. I struggled with linking these type of documents in my mini-course, but received help from Jane and was able to get them to link directly to my page without clicking on the document twice.
In Unit 1, your Flipped Classroom Notes should be linked using the following address: Media:623_flipped_classroom_notes.pdf
In Unit 2, your Flipped Mathematics Classroom graphic organizer should be linked using the following address: Media:Flipped_Mathematics_Classroom_graphic_organizer.pdf