Flipped Though Design

The Fisher Educational Technology Team is constantly staying on top of the latest research and trends in education. The “Flipped Classroom” model of instruction has generated discussion around the world of education. Numerous articles have been written documenting experiences surrounding this method of teaching. The one piece that has been missing from this discussion is a sound framework to design a “Flipped” course using proven design principals. Instructional Design provides a proven framework to design all types of instruction and these principals can be used to design a “Flipped” course.


Recognizing a need, the Fisher Educational Technology Team designed a framework to “flip” a course through Instructional Design. The end result was an iTunes U course, an iBook, and an ePub. The iTunes U course outlines the “Flipped Classroom” model of instruction and Instructional Design framework. Using this background, the course presents activities to design a “Flipped” course based upon proven design principals.

Within the content of the iTunes U course are the iBook and ePub. The iBook (For use on iOS devices) and the ePub (For use on any e-reader device) contain all of the content knowledge of the framework to “flip” a course through Instructional Design without all of the objectives and activities contained in the course.

If you would like to explore these resources, please view and subscribe to the Flipped Through Design course on iTunes.

Flipped Through Design iTunes U Couse Direct Link

If you have any questions about the “Flipped Classroom” or in general, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.

Where to Get Help

With new technology tools being developed constantly it is increasing more difficult to stay up to date. Time is always at a premium and that is why the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) released the Resource Center.

ODEE Resource Center

The ODEE Resource Centers contains information, guides, and videos about technology tools that are supported around campus. Some of these tools include Carmen, Carmen Connect, Mediasite, and U.OSU.EDU. The ODEE Resource Center is linked below.

ODEE Resource Center

Keep in mind that the Educational Technology Team at Fisher is here to answer any questions that you may have on emerging trends and tools in education. To learn more about our services, please visit our site linked below.

Fisher Educational Technologies

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting or have an individual question, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.

MOOCs in 2014

A MOOC is a Massively Open Online Course. These courses saw enormous expansion in 2013 and with the start of the new year many are wondering what changes are on the horizon. Coursera is a provider of MOOCs and a partner of Ohio State. Ohio State currently has nine MOOCs available through Coursera, https://www.coursera.org/osu.

Daphene Koller, who is co-founder of Coursera, recently addressed the company’s outlook for the new year. In the new year, Koller highlights a few priorities for Coursera:

  • “Shift the conversation around” retention and demographics
  • “Redefine what it means to be successful”
  • “Lay a groundwork for products, offerings, and features that can help students navigate” courses “to meet their own goals”

2014 edSurge Outlooks

If you would like to read more in-depth about Koller’s insights into Coursera for the new year, please consider reading the EdSurge article on her outlook. If you are interested in more predictions for the upcoming year surrounding educational technology, EdSurge provides a great list of opinions in their EdSurge 2014 Outlooks page.

If you have any questions about MOOCs or in general, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.

Blended Learning in Education

Moving content and teaching into a digital format has become a driving force in education. This movement can take many forms, including blended learning. A blended approach is currently a growing trend through processes such as “flipping” the classroom. In a blended and flipped approach, a portion of the course content is delivered to students outside of the classroom in a digital format. This delivery then opens up class time for hands-on activities, discussion and application of the materials.

The groups, Digital Learning Now!, Getting Smart, and The Leaning Accelerator, have come together to create a comprehensive look at why there is movement towards blended learning and how to implement this type of instruction in a Blended Learning Implementation Guide. For visual reinforcement the groups have also created an infographic entitled How to Implement Blended Learning.

The group highlights 10 drivers of the movement to digitizing content and blended learning:

Blended Learning Drivers

These drivers have led many institutions to move towards digitizing content. It is important to have a plan in mind and a process developed when moving to a digital format. If no process is developed the content and student education can suffer. This process should start with the development of learning goals. These goals should address the desired student learning for the content and the process should determine the best way to deliver this content.

Blended Learning Process

If you would like to learn more about how digital content can be used in your course and if a blended approach is right for you, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.


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