PRESENTATION VIDEO: Flipping Out: Concepts of Inverted Classrooms for Teaching and Training

I had the pleasure of presenting with Dr. Susan Marine, one of my fellow faculty members at Merrimack College, on concepts of classroom flipping.  What is flipping?  Here’s a useful definition from Wikipedia: Flipped classroom is an instructional methodology and a type of blended learning that delivers instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom and moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom. In a flipped classroom model, students watch online lectures, collaborate in online discussions, or carry out research at home and engage in concepts in the classroom… Read More

#NASPA15 Presentation: Flipping Out: Concepts of Inverted Classrooms for Teaching and Training

One of my fellow faculty members in the Merrimack College Higher Education Program, Susan Marine, and I collaborated to create a session about the concept of flipping learning environments.  Susan is using an example from her teaching and I created an example for a training event.  It is appropriate for both faculty and professions.  Come join us and/or follow the twitter back channel #SAflipped! Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:30pm – 3:20pm Convention Center R02 Abstract Flipping is a relatively new and innovative approach to teaching and training enabled by new new digital technologies.  The flipped… Read More

Formal learning empowers the teacher. Informal Learning empowers the student.

Any of my good colleagues and friends who are doing research into college students and social/digital technology will tell you that the distinction between formal and informal learning is an important one to understand.  Small and Vorgan (2011) state that technology has ushered in “a new culture of communication—no longer dictated by time, place, or even how one looks at the moment” (Kindle Locations 1458-1459).  This liberating and democratizing force is allowing individuals to access learning and educational content with ease and in ways not previously possible.  It has also highlighted a distinction between how… Read More

Experiments in Teaching and Training With Social Media and Technology

Being an instructor in the Higher Education Master’s programs at Boston College and Merrimack College, and as former Res Lifer, I’ve always been interested in how to advance student learning outcomes through the use of technology and social media in classroom and training environments.  I’ll have the opportunity to present on both at the upcoming national conventions of ACPA and NASPA.  Below you will find the slide deck from my presentation as well as some resources for further reading.

Experiment Using Social Media in the Classroom (After The Article)

Twitter Bird

Last week, StudentAffairs.com published a piece I wrote entitled, An Experiment Using Twitter in Teaching a Student Affairs Practicum Course, in their Journal of Technology in Student Affairs.  (Please check it out and let me know what you think!)  In one of the later paragraphs of the piece, I wrote about my plans for teaching with social media in the future.  As many of my students will tell you, I like to try one or two new “teaching experiments” each semester.  Usually these experiments involve some kind of technology or social media… Read More