Just Flip It: From the Front Lines of the Flipped Classroom
It’s easy to picture a traditional classroom – a lecturing professor with rows of students watching, listening and taking notes.
But that age-old model is turning a cartwheel in some of the best classrooms in academia. And chances are someone in your department is already flipping their classroom.
Professor Ralph Welsh of Clemson University started experimenting with this technology-driven pedagogy three years ago, redesigning and refining his courses over time and putting the onus on the student to come to class already having watched the lectures and ready to engage in conversation.
During that time he’s met and overcome challenges and reset his teaching style to rave reviews from students. Join Ralph as he presents a how-to guide for introducing flipped instruction, and shares lessons learned along the way including:
- How to overcome the biggest challenges of the flipped classroom, including managing student expectations
- How to evolve a curriculum by taking in feedback, evaluating it and re-introducing new methods into the classroom
- Tips on how to educate your colleagues on your new workload and get your department on board with what you’re doing
Professor Ralph Welsh joined the faculty of Clemson University in 2002. Professor Welsh has served as an academic lecturer teaching a variety of knowledge and skill based courses across the curriculum. His academic preparation includes undergraduate education in “Health Science: Exercise Physiology” from a School of Allied Health and graduate level education in “Exercise Science” and “Health Promotion, Education & Behavior” from a School of Public Health. This broadly focused educational background along with his broad range of real world experiences provides him with a multidisciplinary perspective that enhances the skill based education he provides to students seeking academic preparation in the areas of Public Health Science and Health Care Delivery. During Prof. Welsh’s 20 plus years of teaching in higher education he has worked with a variety of populations in diverse community settings. Prior to joining the Clemson faculty, he taught at Anderson College, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.