By Stephanie Chow
This post is reprinted from the SFU News blog. Read the original post here.
PhD student Evgeny Vinnik (right) and his professor Arrvindh Shriraman (standing) have introduced a new approach this semester to teaching computing science CMPT 300, a course about modern computer operating systems and the services they provide.
Rather than applying rigid traditional teaching methods, they’re experimenting with a “flipped classroom” method that uses social media and interactive components such as YouTube and Google Group to deliver lectures.
Shriraman came up with the idea last semester after students asked him to post videos of his lectures online. Now he records and uploads videos of his lecture slides along with additional commentary to the course’s YouTube channel so students can watch it all before attending class.
“By pre-recording the videos we’re able to slash one hour of lectures and spend more time discussing interesting or complex concepts and organizing hands-on labs,” says Vinnik.
The duo has also arranged a private Google group for further dialogue and questions regarding assignments and course material.
“We want our students to be more engaged, to actively interact with the course material, because in this way knowledge is retained better,” says Vinnik.
While the course elements are virtually based, Shriraman says the “flipped classroom” is different than an online classroom because students do attend class regularly and the online material supplements class-based learning.
So far, he says students are positively responding and are more engaged in classroom conversations.