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Flip Your Classroom Using Applied Community Experience! A Dynamic Approach to the Hybrid Classroom

Kristen Taubman (Northern Arizona University, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Electronic Poster
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Electronic Poster Session

Applied community experience, multi-dimensional learning, student career building, leadership traits. Engage students in learning through real world outcomes!

Extended Abstract

More than ever students are entering their academic careers with a focus on the relevant real world application of their education. Economic realities and current job markets are constantly pushing students to question the cost and validity of having a secondary education. Current research is showing that employers are searching out key character traits in their leaders including being inventive, experimental, relating well to others, and developing problem solving abilities. Integrating applied community experience or internship components into the learning objectives of the flipped classroom offers a multi-dimensional learning approach and embeds the fundamental skills that employers are seeking in today's competitive workplace. Implementing an applied experience in the hybrid model offers many positive immediate course results as well, including:
- Immediate application of theory and concept
- Thought provoking discussion that helps students consider how course
concepts can and do currently
exist in their career field.
- Dynamic group engagement with community agencies, organizations and leaders
that can lead to
student career opportunities.
- Student resume building- Students have the opportunity to develop class
projects with real world
- Development of student agency- Students feel a sense of great
accomplishment and investment in
project outcomes when they recognize that their efforts will have purpose
once the course has come to a close.

Audience members will have an opportunity to see how national research on leadership skills and multi-dimensional learning directly relate to classroom examples conducted at NAU-Y. Additionally, the presenter will provide simple but helpful tools for developing community connections and realistic project development for a 10 to 15 week blended course.

Lead Presenter

Kristen Taubman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Assistant Clinical Professor for the Applied Human Behavior Program at Northern Arizona University-Yavapai blended learning campus in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Kristen works with students in a variety of capacities including hybrid instruction, academic advising, as well as internship & service learning supervision. Kristen had a 15 year career working in the social services and administration prior to entering the educational field. In addition to Kristen's current faculty responsibilities she is a current contributor and editorial manager for Bypass Publishing web based psychology text.