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Phoning it In

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

A recent blog post by Dr. Ramsey Musallam about the flipped classroom and the digital divide provides a creative answer for students who don’t have Internet access at home.  First, for students who need it, he sends them home with content on a DVD or a flash drive which they can use at the public library for example. Second, and this is the creative part, he has these same students phone in their answers. Dr. Musallam uses Google Voice, which is free. He created a form [http://www.musallamchemistry.com/resources/Lecture-Summary-Rubic.pdf] which provides a general format for the students to follow when they call in their assignment. Google Voice translates their voice to text and then Dr. Musallam catalogs their responses along with all the other student responses.  Digital divide or not, Google Voice offers another way for students to interact and respond to class materials. To learn about Google Voice go to: http://www.google.com/googlevoice/about.html

Flipping the Classroom Part Deux

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Back in September I wrote a blog post titled Mobile Learning and the Inverted Classroom. The basic concept behind the inverted-classroom model is that students watch lectures at home (via video) and do exercises in class the next day, with the teacher present, so that questions can be answered and problems solved on the spot. The goal is to increase student interaction with the material while they are with the teacher, and as one educator put it, ‘shift the cognitive load’, the explaining part of teaching, to the homework portion of teaching, thereby freeing up the teacher to tend to the individual needs of students.

Some say the flipped model is flawed because of the digital divide; however I’m not sure that applies when we’re talking about training the trainers in an academic setting. You will often see the flipped classroom referenced in the context of K-12 education, particularly in math. One of the links below talks about the flipped webinar specifically.

Below you’ll find links to blog posts written by educators about their experiences with flipping. Many of the posts remind us that flipping is a tool, not a panacea.

The Flipped (or Social) Webinar
http://goo.gl/3ws7L

How the flipped Classroom Is Radically Transforming Learning
http://goo.gl/9jT3m

The Flipped Class is Here to Stay
http://goo.gl/LTMRf

The Flipped Class: Shedding light on the confusion, critique, and hype
http://goo.gl/2Jy0x

Why YouTube Will Never Replace Teachers
http://goo.gl/LfvzR

The Flipped Class Manifesto
http://goo.gl/enXno

The Flipped Class: Myths vs. Reality
http://goo.gl/u8jJn

The Flipped Class Network
http://goo.gl/1av98

Spring Classes Open for Registration

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Registration is now open for NTC spring classes! The NTC will be teaching PubMed® for Trainers in Houston, TX; Chapel Hill, NC; and Chicago, IL. TOXNET® and Beyond will be taught in Houston and Chicago. See the NTC class schedule and register now!

Learner Engagement Soars! Read All About It!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

I can hear myself say it…Any questions?

From Elliott Masie’s Learning Trends blog: 9 seconds – The number of seconds between the time an instructor asks a question and the next sound that they make! Unfortunately, most teachers ask, “Any questions?” and, in less than 3 seconds, start to speak again.” It takes a learner many seconds to recognize that you have stopped teaching and asked for a question, review what you said, evaluate what they would like to ask, formulate the question, raise their hand and then ask it! Not possible in 3 seconds!! Masie suggests to extend your wait time to at least 9 seconds in order to give learners a chance to formulate a question and respond.

New PubMed® for Trainers Class

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The new PubMed® for Trainers class is a hands-on course that consists of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions in four sessions, with independent work before or after each session. The course will consist of three 1.5 hour online sessions and a six-hour in-person session. The class is eligible for 12 hours of MLA CE credit.

Registration is open for the PubMed for Trainers class from October 5 – 26, 2011; the in-person session will be taught at NLM in Bethesda, MD. Watch this space for announcements of future PubMed for Trainers classes to be taught around the country in 2012!

For more details about the new class, as well as other NTC happenings, see the NLM Technical Bulletin article published on September 13, 2011.