Congratulations to the 2015 Flipping Your Course participants!
In July 2015, the Innovation Lab offered its first Flipping Your Course: Teaching and Learning Institute for 12 faculty members from 10 different departments. This three-day intensive workshop introduced the key components of flipped course design and prepared instructors to flip their own courses. Through a combination of hands-on activities, presentation, and discussion, we worked through the essentials of flipping a course, from designing online and in-class materials to facilitating learning activities in the classroom.
Ebrahim Afsah on Educational Innovation
Ebrahim Afsah, Professor of Law at the University of Copenhagen, visited Brown in February 2015 for a series of lectures and workshops on teaching. In this short video, he discusses the concept of the flipped classroom and the impact he believes it will have on the future of learning.
Inside the Box at the Innovation Lab: Interactive Online Modules
The Lab created purpose-built interactive online modules for a large introductory environmental science course. The modules use data visualizations to help students develop data literacy and to provide hands-on opportunities for guided exploration of critical topics in contemporary environmental science.
Digital technologies and new media practices inflect all our efforts, yet we believe technology alone—or for its own sake—is never sufficient. Effective teaching in every medium is shaped by an understanding of the cognitive, social, and participatory processes of learning. We seek to bring this understanding to bear on digital pedagogies and practices.
To that end, we approach our work with a spirit of curiosity and inquisitiveness. We make, we build, and we take apart. Every project, every collaboration presents opportunities to experiment and to re-imagine.
1 Experimentation + Play
Thoughtful experimentation and creative play are the starting points for re-imagining teaching and for developing new strategies for active learning.
2 Design + Iteration
We employ design-based approaches to consider the interplay of teaching, learning, and technology, iteratively refining and adapting our ideas in collaboration with our faculty and student partners.
3Reflection + Impact
Reflective practices, engagement with current scholarship, and careful observation of the results of our work allow us to monitor its impact.
At the Lab, we collaborate with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to explore creative enhancements to teaching and learning at Brown and beyond. Our projects draw on a broad range of approaches, informed equally by our own curiosity and by the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Flipped classroom approaches allow students to gain first exposure to new material before class and then focus on the more complex and challenging aspects of learning during class meetings.
Massive Open Online Courses
Brown’s successful MOOCs expand our reach into the world. The Lab works closely with instructors to design MOOCs that share our courses with global audiences and extend Brown students’ experiences.
Environmental Science in a Changing World
Custom-built, interactive online modules developed for this introductory environmental science course guide students through the study of Earth’s climate history.
Brown's first large-scale, flipped course for undergraduates, this course incorporated online ‘microlectures’ and weekly collaborative problem-solving sessions to facilitate learning of difficult economics concepts.
An online exercise created for this organic chemistry course applies students' understanding of chemistry concepts to the laboratory procedure for recrystallization.
Do you have a project idea? Are you interested in finding ways to enhance or transform your course?
Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our staff.
Working with the Lab is a collaborative partnership in which we identify and respond to the unique needs and circumstances of your specific project. Every project is different, but our basic process always includes several foundational components.
Extensive, in-depth consultations provide opportunities for sustained conversations about your ideas and goals. Consultations might also include discussing existing examples and brainstorming new possibilities.
Development + Iteration
We work with you to develop initial versions of your ideas, whether that means re-imagining the structure of a course, creating a new assignment, or building a completely new tool. As we develop ideas, we also iterate to refine and adjust our approach.
We continually evaluate our work and the impact it has on the courses or contexts for which it is designed. This feedback informs the iterative process through which we refine and improve our work.
Envisioned in Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown and established in 2014, the Laboratory for Educational Innnovation is part of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University.
We foster innovative approaches to teaching and curriculum design, promoting scholarly pedagogical practices and investigating how digital and online collaborations facilitate engaged, participatory learning.
With experience in digital pedagogies, design, digital scholarship and publishing, multimedia development, web programming, visualization and information graphics, and the scholarship of teaching and learning, we have the knowledge to sustain creative projects across the disciplines.
Do you have questions about digital pedagogies? Ideas for an innovative project related to teaching and learning? Do you simply want to learn more about our work?
We want to hear from you. Contact Sheridan_Center@brown.edu.