Unit 2: Planning the Pre-class lesson
What makes an engaging lesson?
| Before we begin, please watch this video from Paul Jantec, Carolyn Durley, and Graham Johnson, that discusses Flipped Classroom as a Vehicle to the Future. While you are watching the video, think about what methods the presenters are using to engage you in their message.
A pre-class lesson may have all or some of the engagement techniques we thought of above. It also has the very important characteristic of giving students control over their learning. Some benefits of student directed learning are:
As you have discovered, the pre-class lesson is more than just recording yourself giving a lecture. It requires planning in order to properly engage your students in your concepts and message.
In this module, you will:
- Create a storyboard or plan for your pre-class lesson
- Write a script of talking points to provide additional guidance
- Compose questions to check your student's understanding
How should I plan my Storyboard?
How can creating a script contribute to an engaging pre-class lecture?
How can I compose an effective knowledge check?
A knowledge check is a question, or set of questions, that can be delivered throughout the lesson. The purpose of the knowledge check is formative assessment. Keep these ideas in mind when writing your assessment:
- Focus on the main points that refer to your lesson objectives
- Assessments can test recall of facts, but checking understanding of the concepts is more beneficial
- Questions can also be written and used for your students to reflect on the concepts and their learning
- Writing feedback for your questions can provide students guidance on concepts they are struggling with
Test Your Understanding
Please use the following quiz to test and refine your understanding of the concepts in this unit:
Apply your Knowledge
1. Share what you have learned by composing a plan for your pre-class lesson. Post your plan in the discussion tab on the top of this page. Here are some examples of what plans may look like:
- A link to open content lecture, with questions, activities, or requirements that relate to your objectives
- An outline for self directed activity that students will complete before class
- A storyboard and script with knowledge check questions
2. Reply to a classmate's post in the discussion area and comment on their pre-class lesson plan. Please be sure to offer constructive and helpful comments!
Putting it all Together
Here are some resources that will help you discover open content, or learn how to record a pre-class lecture of your own:
- Khan Academy
- Flipped Classroom Basics from TechSmith
- Instant Screencasting Mini Course from KNILT
- Camtasia Tutorials
Now that you have completed Unit 2, click here to start Unit 3: Planning the Classroom Activity.
Bergmann, Jonathan, and Aaron Sams. Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Everyday. International Society for Technology in Education, 2012.
Gerstein, Jackie, "The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture." User Generated Education. 13, June 2011. 19, Oct. 2012.