New series: Babel* fishing eduspeak**

Welcome to the inaugural post of Babel fishing eduspeak!

In this ongoing series as part of our Watercooler corner at Teche, we will be regularly posting plain speak interpretations of educational terminology.

Term or phrase: Flipped Classroom

Babel fish interpretation:  Quite simply, this is a term that means making the most of face to face  sessions by making learning active, where students can apply what they have been learning to an activity. The passive learning such as listening to pre-recorded lectures, instructional videos, readings are done outside of the classroom. Students are expected to come to the face to face session prepared and ready to participate in an activity, making the most of the face to face time with the teaching staff.  Students can ask the tricky questions that arise, teaching staff can tease out ideas or these tricky questions with the class. The notion of the Flipped Classroom is really taking off around the world, from primary school to higher ed, with the benefits being a current topic in research.  Read more about the Flipped Classroom concept.

Example in practice: At Macquarie University, we have been flipping for a while now.   Have a look at some interviews with some of our own academics who have tried this strategy.

*Who or what is Babel Fish?
**eduspeak is the term given to educational jargon

2 thoughts on “New series: Babel* fishing eduspeak**”

  1. Flipped classrooms have been at Macquarie (and many other uni’s) for decades. They were called practical or laboratory classes. The Faculty of Science and Engineering has hundreds each week.

    1. You’re right Matt, the concept has been around for a long time, just a (somewhat) new term for it that gets mentioned in the LT Green Paper. Hands on learning is a winner!

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