Stories of Flipping: heterogeneous pedagogy, reuse of MOOCs and learning analytics

Alan Dix
Talis and University of Birmingham

Talk at Brunel University, 7th October 2015.

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A. Dix (2015). Stories of Flipping: heterogeneous pedagogy, reuse of MOOCs and learning analytics. Talk at Brunel University, 7th October 2015.
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We are in the midst of a time of change in higher education, it is hard to distinguish hype from innovation.  Based on my own experience and the literature I will explore aspects of pedagogy, economics and data around the growing trend towards 'flipped class' teaching.  The use of rich technology is not new.  In the late 1990s, Classroom2000 pioneered lecture capture allowing students to revisit and annotate face-to-face lectures.  At a similar stage many in university senior management saw the potential for online learning, albeit sometime based on mistaken economic arguments.  In the last few years MOOCs and the growing focus on big data and leaning analytics have brought technology back to the forefront.  Traditional lectures achieve many interwoven aspects of learning: motivation, content delivery, feedback.  Flipped class learning pushes much of the content into online materials before face-to-face sessions which are then available for other purposes.

My own experience has included using materials produced for a small MOOC  (on human computer interaction) as part of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at University of Birmingham.  The courses were also part of a Talis Lighthouse pilot using a prototype universal media player for educational materials which allows rich data capture.  This has inspired insights in the wide variety of ways in which face-to-face sessions can be used, the suitability and economic benefits of reusing MOOC materials and the ways of using fine-scale learning analytics in everyday academic practice.

I will also briefly summarise a number of other areas I have ben working in recently which may be of interest: digital humanities and heritage, data and interfaces for rural and marginal communities, walking 1000 miles round Wales, and the way analysis of REF public domain data reveals potential unintended bias.

Stories of-flipping-brunel-2015 from Alan Dix



A. Dix and J.Leavesley (2015).  Learning Analytics for the Academic: An Action Perspective. In Journal of Universal Computer Science (JUCS), 21(1):48-65.

A. Dix (2015). Five shades of flipping: using learning analytics in mixed models of learning. Featured Post, ALT Newsletter, 16th March 2015.

A. Dix (2015).  More than one way to flip a class: learning analytics for mixed models of learning. APT 2015, Greenwich, 7th July 2015.

A. Dix (2015).  Reuse of MOOCs: bringing online content back to the classroom. Alt-C 2015.

Alan Dix 15/10/2015