Wondering what MOOC stood for, I did a quick Google search about an hour ago and came across this article by Steve Blank. (MOOC, by the way, stands for Massive Open Online Course.)
Blank, who apparently teaches to scientists at Stanford, tried to flip his classroom, and noted that there were a number of benefits, but ultimately, he needed to modify the flip and make it a sort of a hybrid. The true flipped classroom offers the lectures via video and then the in-class component is to be more of a hands-on, demonstrate learning type of thing.
Blank likes the technology, and since he’s teaching a group of scientists, wanted to find a way to make this style work. He is still using an online component, but has chosen to continue to present and lecture in person. Doing so by video or webinar seemed to distance him from the learners. His hybrid model looks like this:
I think this is where online learning is going – the true “flip” won’t work for every group of learners. The online learning component works best when it is used as one tool, used in the CALL lab, and not as a substitute for lectures and teacher presentations.
Anyhow, that’s my thought for this morning.