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Flip Teaching and Flip Conferences

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 October 2011



Flip Teaching and Flip Conferences
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 136
Posted DateTuesday 25 October 2011 12:43 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_teaching ... 
http://www.flipteaching.com ... 
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/05/flip-teaching-what ... 
http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/teachers-doing-the-flip ... 
http://theactiveclass.com/2011/04/29/flipping-your-classroom ... 

I've known about a new way of teaching for some time now. It's called "flip teaching", "reverse teaching" or "reverse instruction." The idea is simple:
  • Kids watch lectures and videos at home.
  • Class is for hands-on work and face-to-face interaction with teachers and peers.
Although this style of teaching does not seem to be without its problems, I love the idea. This is just what I and others have been saying about conferences and seminars.

But why did I not make the connection before today? Conferences are just a hang over from school days. Sit the students in nice neat rows in a classroom and talk at them!
  • Speech is a bad medium for communicating information - so watch lectures and videos at home.
  • Speech is a good medium for dialogue - so do hands-on work and face-to-face interaction with teacher/peers at school and speaker/peers at a conference.
Its such a simple but powerful way of working. Don't just flip teaching, flip conferences as well. I will leave you with favourite quotation of mine.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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