The learners have all just left, full of excitement to be going home after a full week. Many mentioned feeling mentally tired from needing to think and constantly justify their arguments and points of view – good evidence for me that they really had been applying themselves.
The day started well. Last evening before the learners left I referred them to skills universe and the blog page, so a few had actually read it before coming to class. (I had not wanted to refer them earlier in case in affected behaviour too much.) The morning started with a debate on the blogs and the many comments. The debate circled around the suitability of the flipped classroom methodology for all levels of learning and subject areas. Some interesting observations were made and I think there was renewed appreciation for the methodology.
The rest of the day was spent reviewing the key concepts from the week and reiterating what they needed to do for their own assessments and portfolio. Learners clarified their understanding in groups and I am very confident that everyone understands what is required in the portfolio.
From here the process will really be tested – will they achieve above average first time competency rates in their portfolios? I think they will. This group has been far more engaging and participative than any group I have ever taught on the OD ETDP learnership. It could be that they are brighter, but I think the methodology has enhanced their critical understanding and given them far more confidence. The use of the technology has also enhanced their knowledge and provided a platform to allow them to critique themselves (they video-ed themselves performing certain skills).
Time will tell. The first skills programme is due in December 2013 – I’ll let you know what the results are like. For now, the flipped classroom is closed….