With flipped learning, students learn and discuss course material outside of the classroom (i.e., homework) and then do projects together in the classroom. The four pillars of this model describe a teaching environment that’s interactive, dynamic and engaging. To achieve this environment, educators need access to UCC technology that can help facilitate anytime, anywhere collaboration. That’s where you come in.
Here’s a brief list of some of the technologies and applications that can help create collaborative learning environments for the flipped learning model:
- Interactive whiteboards—With flipped learning, these whiteboards play a key role in giving access to lessons and demonstrations to everyone in the class, whether they’re physically present or not. Additionally, leveraging multimedia presentations addresses the many different ways people learn.
- Wireless presentation gateways—It’s important to be able to project or display presentations and course materials to any number of different devices. A presentation gateway gives educators the ability to do so.
- Enterprise social media apps—Educators have realized there’s value in social media within the academic environment. Engagement, feedback and collaboration are just a few of the benefits.
- File-sharing apps—Learning aids and course materials can be stored and shared.
- On-demand video servers—Videos can be powerful teaching tools. Not only can they be more engaging, but lessons and presentations can be viewed anyplace/anytime. By adding indexing, videos can be searchable by topic, presenter and more.
- Team collaboration/persistent chat apps—Enable real-time teacher-student and student-student Q&A and information sharing. Text chats can easily be switched to voice and/or video if necessary. Additionally, past communications are archived and searchable.
In a real-world scenario, a teacher might record a video lecture using an interactive whiteboard for students to watch from home. In class, the students then create presentations in groups that are then shared via social media. When outside of class, groups can chat and collaborate from wherever they are.
Most agree that our educational system can be improved, and the flipped learning model offers a compelling new avenue for important improvements. For IT solution providers targeting education, the opportunities to implement UCC solutions that enable this exciting new learning model can be quite lucrative. Don’t miss out.