An On-Purpose Lo-Fi Flipped Classroom Video

This blog post is based on a previous post published on 1/5/17 called Advice for Embarking the Flipped Classroom.

In a previous blog post, I explained how instructors could develop online videos to implement the Flipped Classroom model. Days after I published the post, I figured that I should practice what I preach, and develop a Flipped Classroom video example.

The Set Up

First, I decided that I should scale down the production of this video. Not all instructors may have access to the high-end tools utilized for video production; programs like Camtasia, or technologies like digital drawing devices. This video serves as an example of what instructors may be able to create without having to invest too much (or maybe at all) in video production. 

My set-up included pieces of paper and a GoPro camera mounted by duct tape on a stack of hockey pucks (yes, seven hockey pucks to be exact). It's a rather amateur-ish contraption, but it actually got the job done!

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I faced the GoPro cam down to record the paper as I wrote on them. My topic was the first Amendment, something I studied often while earning my Bachelors in Journalism at the University of Northern Colorado.

Best Practices

I tried to include some of the best practices outlined in the previous blog. These best practices include:

Incorporate Interaction - I made the video interactive using H5P. By including interactions in the videos, you can increase engagement, and you are able to verify that your students are actually watching the videos by collecting their answers. You can upload your videos directly into H5P to add interactions, or you can link to other videos from other video platforms, like YouTube or Vimeo. Mine is originally hosted on YouTube. With H5P, I included five questions at key areas of my video.

Keep'Em Short - The original recording lasted approximately six minutes long. As recommended by John Medina and Philip J. Guo, Juho Kim, and Rob Rubin, this length would have been acceptable for keeping audiences engaged. But, because I am using this video for a Coursera assignment that asked that the videos be five minutes in length, you may notice that I sped up the video to fit the assignment's timeframe. Nevertheless, the video fits inside the recommended six minutes for stronger viewer engagement.

Example of a Khan Academy video, "Overview of Ancient Egypt."

Include Motion and Visual Flow - Motion and visual flow was found to be more engaging by Guo, Kim, and Rubin, who tested how professors' presented their teachings in video format in the MOOC environment. What they discovered to be the most engaging was the drawing-style presentation popularized by the Khan Academy.  I attempted to recreate a lo-fi (low fidelity) example of the drawing style using pen and paper rather than using a digital drawing device. In retrospect, I think I should of used a whiteboard rather than paper as I left a few embarrassing spelling errors on the pages, which could have been quickly edited with a whiteboard.

Speak Extemporaneously - I also spoke extemporaneously, which was also found to be more engaging by Guo, Kim, and Rubin. Their study recommends instructors speak unscripted and ad-lib. Of course I needed to create a basic outline of what I wanted to talk about, but as you will hear, I was describing the First Amendment from off the top of my head.

The Final Product

Here was the final product. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, or tweet to me @mitchellwoll.