Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Should Students View Flipped Videos: Survey Results

Thank you so much for your opinions on the very important topic of students viewing flipped videos!

In order for a flipped classroom to be effective, teachers must emphasize and convey the importance of actively viewing instructional videos.

If students consistently fail to view the instructional videos, they will most likely be unsuccessful in the course.

As I asked in my previous post about flipped videos, when should students view these videos? In class? As homework? As Bellringer activities? Does it matter?

The results of the survey did not surprise me...and they prove the accuracy of Aaron Sams' thoughts on the flipped classroom: "There is no such thing as "THE Flipped Classroom."

Here are the results...

  • 73% of teachers who submitted a response feel as though when and where the students view the video is irrelevant...whatever works best for the teachers and their students will contribute to an effective flipped environment
  • 6% of respondents believe that instructional videos should be watched as a Bellringer, or in class before an activity
  • 12% of teachers who participated feel that instructional videos MUST be watched as homework before class
When the school year began and I embarked upon my flipped classroom journey, I was adamant that my students view the flipped videos as homework. As the 1st Quarter draws to a close, I have relaxed my attitude to this premise. If students have time in class after completing assignments and they can view the video in class: perfect. If they need all of the class time to complete their activities/assignment and need to complete the video at home: no problem. If the students have limited access to the Internet and need to complete their video assignment in my classroom before or after school: no big deal.

I think the flexibility of the flipped model is what originally drew me to this strategy. Students who need more individualized help and guidance to understand and apply concepts get that assistance in the classroom. Students who can move at more of an individualized pace have that opportunity. 

My goal is to move toward a flipped mastery environment to encourage self-directed learners. Hopefully, the changes I've made so far this year will lead my classroom down that path!

Are you a first year flipper like me? I'd love to hear about your experiences! Please comment on this post!

Thanks for reading :)