Flipping Calculus | Frequently Asked Questions
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Flipping Calculus | Frequently Asked Questions

What is a typical class like?

Each class generally begins with a 1- or 2- question entrance quiz to check that students have watched the video. What happens next can vary - depending on the instructor and the topic. Some instructors start class by answering questions about the content in the video and on homework questions, others might start class with a classroom voting question to get a discussion started, another might start class with an activity related to the content from the video. For a large portion of the class period, the students work on problems in small groups while the instructor circulates the room, posing and answering questions or providing feedback. If the instructor notices a common difficulty, he or she might stop class and give a short mini-lecture. The class also includes opportunities for students to present and explain solutions at the board.

What is the physical set up of the classroom?

Most of our flipped classes are taught in rooms tables that are circular, or that can be grouped to provide working space for four students. In addition, the chairs have wheels making it easy to for students to quickly changing locations. We are fortunate that these rooms also include multiple boards and multiple projection units which facilitate the sharing of student work.

How many students are typically in your classes?

We have 24 - 26 students enrolled in our flipped classes.

How do you monitor whether or not the students view the video?

Most of us administer a short "quiz" at the beginning of the period to help us assess whether or not students have viewed the video. There are 1 or 2 question on these quizzes (included on the website) that usually mimic the content from the videos. Some instructors encourage the students to take notes on the videos and let students use their them on the quizzes as well.

Do you lecture?

There is usually a little bit of lecture included in every class. We refer to these instances as "mini-lectures." They are short and to the point and are not the emphasis of the class period. Usually, the instructor will step in with a mini-lecture when he/she sees that the whole class could benefit from a discussion about one student's question or when more than one group of students have similar questions. These mini-lectures rarely occur at the start of class.

Do the students have homework?

Students enrolled in our flipped classes have regular homework assignments. At the University of Hartford, we use WeBWorK as our online homework system.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. NSF:DUE-TUES #1245059

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