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More Than Video: Flipping the Classroom with Innovative Pedagogies

Julie Schell (Harvard University, USA)
Cassandre Alvarado (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 8:30am
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research and Evaluation
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Plaza Ballroom F
Session Duration: 
90 Minutes
Workshop Session 1
Virtual Session

In this hands-on session, we will introduce two research-based flipped methods called Just-in-Time Teaching and Peer Instruction and demonstrate how to flip your classroom in ways that radically transform how students learn in and out of class.

Extended Abstract

Contrary to popular belief, flipped learning is much more than watching videos and doing "homework" in class. In this hands-on session, we will introduce two research-based flipped methods called Just-in-Time Teaching and Peer Instruction and demonstrate how to flip your classroom in ways that radically transform how students learn in and out of class. Originally developed by Dr. Eric Mazur to address major gaps in students' conceptual knowledge of physics at Harvard University, this interactive pedagogical method is now widely used by thousands of instructors across the world. A primary goal of Peer Instruction is to prepare students before class in order to cultivate deeper learning during class time. Attendees will participate in live demonstrations of Peer Instruction and test out a cutting-edge classroom response system to facilitate student engagement. Everyone should fill out this pre-workshop form before attending: http://bit.ly/flippingtheclass and bring a wifi-enabled device to the session.

Lead Presenter
Julie Schell

Julie Schell (Harvard University, USA)

Julie Schell is Director of OnRamps and Strategic Initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin’s (UT-Austin) Center for Teaching and Learning where she leads signature, dual-credit curricular innovations that extend the reach of the University. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT-Austin’s top ranked College of Education, where she teaches a new graduate course, Technology and Innovation in Higher Education. With UT, she currently holds a dual appointment as an associate in the Mazur Group at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where she generates and tests ideas for scaling innovative teaching methods. She completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship under Eric Mazur at Harvard University. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education, has written and presented widely on Peer Instruction, and has held positions at the nation’s top research universities including Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Harvard and most recently The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Schell is an expert in educational innovation and a recipient of a Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology award in 2013. She was awarded the Dissertation of the Year from the American Educational Research Association, Postsecondary Education Division in 2010. She holds a doctorate in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.S. in Counseling and Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in instructional technology, from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Cassandre Alvarado

Cassandre Alvarado (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Dr. Cassandre Giguere Alvarado is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin, and also serves in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, directing initiatives in student success and enrollment management.

Dr. Alvarado's teaching, research and professional practice focuses on college readiness and student retention and success. She currently directs the PACE (Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment) Program, an innovative co-enrollment program with Austin Community College. She is the College Readiness Special Advisor to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and frequently works with national organizations on issues of readiness and retention. Her current research focuses on understanding college readiness, including the development and testing of readiness assignments designed to introduce students to the content knowledge and cross-disciplinary skills needed for success.

A 20 year veteran of university administration, Dr. Alvarado’s signature program at The University of Texas at Austin was the creation of the First-year Interest Groups (FIGS), a learning community initiative she began in 1998. The initiative focuses on bringing together the many facets of university life in one nexus for each student in an effort to maximize their success. The university now offers a learning community to all incoming first year students. Additionally, Dr. Alvarado led the University’s major Quality Enhancement Plan initiative, providing the blueprint and assessment of the University’s first major curriculum reform in the last 30 years.

An alumna of Leadership Texas (LT’10), Dr. Alvarado has served as a member of the committee of the board for the Foundation for Women’s Resources. Dr. Alvarado holds a bachelor of journalism, master of education and doctor of philosophy degree from The University of Texas at Austin.