In early May, one of the concurrent sessions I attended at the American Accounting Association Ohio Region Conference was “Using Video Podcasts and Other Technology to Provide Instruction Outside the Classroom.” It featured David Randolph and Wendy Tietz.
The session was divided into two 45 minute presentations that revolved around flipping the classroom. I last wrote about flipping the classroom on January 6, 2012, in, “Turning the Accounting Classroom Upside Down.”
David Randolph (Xavier U) made the first presentation. He first reviewed, “‘Flipped’ classrooms take advantage of technology,” a USA Today article on flipping the classroom. He then reflected on his flipping experience at Xavier.
He created video podcasts for each class session. Students were to study these before class, then come to class to apply the lessons learned. Much of the time they would do this by working homework problems in class.
Randolph’s video podcasts were modified PowerPoint slides (both self-created and publisher provided). He used an expensive software product called Camtasia Studio from TechSmith to provide voice-over that would accompany each slide. He also used Camtasia Studio to edit out any dead air, and make each vodcast as efficient as possible. He would upload these through Xavier’s installation of Blackboard CMS, and the vodcasts were available to students through the Blackboard portal.
Randolph provided the following reflections:
- He didn’t provide sufficient point incentives to motivate students to view podcasts before class. Student accountability is key to successfully flipping the classroom.
- Students used vodcasts mostly (only) for test preparation. They liked having the videos to help them get ready for tests.
- Flipping makes classroom sessions more effective and enjoyable.
- There is a significant investment of two to three hours per 10 minute video.
Randolph will continue trying to flip his classroom. My observation is that Randolph has a fair way to go. He is still focused on what he did and not on what his students learned.
I want to be like Wendy. Wendy in this case is Kent State associate professor Wendy Tietz. She teaches classes of 500-700. Her classes will be entirely flipped by fall semester, 2012.
Wendy creates five to eight short video clips for each class session. She didn’t talk about what her classroom experience is like. Nor did she talk about student learning.
She provided a fascinating overview of the screen capture technology she uses to create the video clips.
Tietz is very complimentary about SlideRocket. First, a pdf file or PowerPoint slide is uploaded to SlideRocket. Once there, she would hit the record button and narrate each slide. These narrated slides can then be downloaded to her computer, or a SlideRocket URL can be sent out to students. It is designed as social media for discussion. I’m going to try this out immediately after publishing this blog post.
For Tietz, Snagit from TechSmith is an indispensable tool. Snagit is a screen capture program that can capture (1) an entire screen (or only a part of it), (2) video streamed through a web page, and (3) text. There is a $30 educational user license. I’m going to download it immediately. It seems like it has many more features than what I’ve been using–Easy Capture. Easy Capture doesn’t do video or text.
Tietz then mesmerized us with a demonstration of how she uses her iPad to create instructional content. Wendy uses three apps: ScreenChomp (free), Explain Everything ($2.99), and iAnnotate. If I duplicate everything Wendy does, it will cost $800-$900. I probably will.
These were two excellent presentations. Many thanks and kind words of appreciation to David Randolph and Wendy Tietz.
Debit and credit – - David Albrecht