What I Learned By Flipping the MOOC

I’ve been looking into MOOCs a lot over the past year, especially when and how they work best. How could we make the MOOC model work in your local public elementary school?

Steve Blank

Two of the hot topics in education in the last few years have been Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) and the flipped classroom. I’ve been experimenting with both of them.

What I’ve learned (besides being able to use the word “pedagogy” in a sentence) is
1) assigning students lectures as homework doesn’t guarantee the students will watch them and 2) in a flipped classroom you can become hostage to the pedagogy.

Here’s the story of what we tried and what we learned.

MOOC’s – Massive Open Online Courses
A MOOC is a complicated name for a simple idea – an online course accessible to everyone over the web. I created my MOOC by serendipity. Learning how to optimize it in my classes has been a more deliberate and iterative process.


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Genius Exit Ticket

Genius Exit Ticket I read this article this evening as I was trolling Huffington Post and I thought it would just be another cheesy lifehack, however, when I went to the page the teacher in me saw that this is the perfect exit ticket for any student. Writing a summary in 30 seconds about what was most important in the lesson is so basic and profoundly enriching at the same time. I want to start using it at the end of my own classes to create better notes to study from, get better at summarizing and prioritizing info, and so that one day I can teach the trick to my students. It will help organize students’ thoughts and will give them meaningful summarizing practice. I’ll bet it will improve students’ metacognition; how has no one thought of this before? Plus 30 seconds it the perfect amount of time for an exit ticket. Later, I could work with students to assemble a study guide from these 30 second summaries. If anyone tries this in their classroom please let me know the results.