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I recently read a post on Audrey Watters’ Hack Education blog called: Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: “Zombie Ideas” (Ed-Tech Ideas That Refuse to Die Even Though We Know They’re Monstrous). Any title with zombie in it is total click bait for me, so even though I’m reading all the posts this semester for my Instructional Methods class, I jumped this one up to the top of the list. I love year end lists. Love them. It could be a list of the top cat memes of 2013, it really doesn’t matter, I’m clicking on it. (Buzzfeed is my guilty pleasure.)

This post offers a quick round up list of previous years’ top tech-ed trends then continues with a brief overview of the upcoming 2013 trends posts to come. What really caught my attention here was her mention of the flipped classroom. I had seen this term in passing on another blog and didn’t really understand what this meant, so I read Watters’ previous posts on the subject.

A flipped classroom changes the purpose of classroom time. Students watch lectures outside of the classroom (usually recorded and available online.) When the students come to class, the teachers work with them to better understand and interact with the material through active learning. Some of the examples she gives are teachers assigning Khan Academy videos for students to watch outside of class (and I know my own children’s teachers have done this), ShowMe, TED-Ed, and more.

For our Think Tank 4 class discussion, I used Steven Neshyba’s article in the Chronicle of 
Higher Education, It’s a Flipping Revolution, to start a conversation about what we students in the Instructional Methods course thought about this idea. My fellow students came up with some great examples of flipped instruction (Radical flip at Macomb County school getting results is one) and why the majority of our asynchronous online courses are not flipped (because we do not generally get together with the professor after the lecture for and interactive session.)

As for the relationship of this topic to information literacy instruction, I see some potential here, at the university level especially. For example, many universities offer library introduction courses. At one university I’m familiar with, a librarian comes in to teach one class during the first semester where students get information literacy instruction. For some students, primarily those in the Honor’s College, they must then go in to the library with a research project for a one-on-one session before the end of the semester. This gives the students the background in how to use the library, how to choose sources, and then the librarian sits down with them for about 15-30 minutes and helps them with their how to research questions. Instead of going in person to teach that class, the library could (and usually does) offer ILI videos and tutorials that, if watched before going to the reference desk with vague questions, could serve as the first part of flipped instruction.

Neshyba, S. (2013, April 4). It’s a flipping revolution. Retrieved December 7, 2013, from
Watters, Audrey. (2012, November 28.) Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The flipped classroom.Hack education. Retrieved December 7, 2013, from

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