By Leila Meyer
A professor at MIT has used the videos for the massive open online course (MOOC) version of his Visualizing Japan course to flip the classroom-based version of the same course.
The professor, Shigeru Miyagawa, co-taught the MOOC, Visualizing Japan (1850s-1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity, on the edX platform with three other instructors from MIT, Harvard and Duke University. According to a news release from MIT, the online course was very successful, with “a completion rate of 13 percent — double the normal for a MOOC — and 97.5 percent of the learners said that they were satisfied to extremely satisfied with the course.”
When Miyagawa began teaching the classroom version of the course, he planned on teaching with the traditional lecture format and came to class with a PowerPoint presentation prepared. Shortly into the lecture he asked the students a question and was surprised when everybody seemed to know the answer already. When Miyagawa discovered that the students had already watched the video lecture, he abandoned his PowerPoint presentation and spent the rest of the class discussing the material with his students.
[ Full article available at Campus Technology: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/11/17/mit-prof-uses-mooc-to-flip-classroom.aspx ]