Homework and the flipped classroom

If your students have reliable access to the Internet at home, the Learning Navigator’s collections can be a great way to deliver homework. Ensuring that your students are engaged, on-task, and on-pace when you’re not around can be difficult, however. These best practices will help you design great homework or flipped classroom collections that you can use year after year.

What is a flipped classroom?

The flipped classroom is a popular blended learning model. In a flipped classroom the majority of educational content - lectures, readings, etc. - are delivered to the student at home over the Internet. This frees up class time for projects, individualized attention, and problem solving. The Learning Navigator’s collections are an ideal content for getting content to your students at home.

Best practices for homework collections

Whether you’re assigning a single collection for homework or exploring a full flipped classroom model, there are best practices that ensure your students will get the most out of their homework time.

Setting Clear Expectations

You won’t be present to give your students instructions, so make sure that you clearly express your expectations in your collection. Here are a few tricks you can use to ensure your students are on the right track:
  1. Start off with a screencast. A screencast is a video capture of your computer screen. Begin your collection with a short screencast of you going through each resource, explaining how to use them. Tools like Jing make it easy to film short screencasts.
  2. Use narration. Add Narration to any resource that could use a little explanation. Even if a resource is pretty self-explanatory, narration can quietly remind the student to stay on-task and active.

Organizing your Resources

Although it might seem like a minor consideration, how you order your resources can have a large effect on learning outcomes, especially if you’re introducing concepts for the first time. One model that we recommend is the “Watch, Read, Do” model: whenever you’re introducing a new concept, lead off with a video or screencast, continue with a text-heavy resource, and finish with an interactive game, simulation, or quiz. This multimedia approach engages several different learning styles while introducing concepts in a logical progression.

Ensuring Accountability

What does it mean for students to “complete” your collection? We recommend adding a few questions to your collection so that your students can demonstrate mastery. Make sure that your students know to submit their responses when they finish the collection, either by printing out their results page or emailing it to you.

You can also use an old-fashioned paper hand-out for the same purpose. If your students don’t have much experience with doing schoolwork on computers this might be a good option.

You can learn more about using the Learning Navigator for homework and the Flipped Classroom model by viewing this collection.

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