5 Resources to Help You Flip Your College Classroom

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By: Jennifer Rowland

5 Resources to Help You Flip Your College Classroom first appeared on Edcetera on February 18,2014. 

So you want to flip your classroom. That means creating a ton of lecture videos and hosting them on your college’s learning management system or online, right?

Not necessarily.

There are some great resources out there that you can use to teach course concepts, and many of them are free.

Knowmia.com This site hosts videos created by teachers and shared for use in classrooms. They also provide resources to help you integrate video into instruction and even create your own when you have the capacity.

Videos cover a broad range of science and humanities topics, and the search seems easy to use.

Lynda.com This subscription site is focused mainly on the needs of art students and freelancers, so it is a great resource for technology tutorials and business tips for non-business majors. Some schools are purchasing subscriptions for their entire student body or for students who are in specific classes or departments.

MIT Open Courseware This collection of free courses covers both undergraduate- and graduate-level instruction, which is a great benefit to instructors of upper-division and graduate courses.

It covers a broad range of disciplines, too, and because it includes entire courses rather than one-off videos, it may be easier to find exactly the piece you want to cover outside of class.

Saylor.org This is another site that offers full courses. What makes it different is that each course includes curated videos from a variety of sources. If you can’t find the best videos on your topics, this might be a great place to check, because they’ve already been vetted.
HippoCampus.org Because this site gathers videos for middle school through college, it can be a great place to find pieces students need to build some of their basic skills.

If you have specific students who need to build their English skills, math background, or some other discipline, send them a link to targeted videos to build just when they need to be successful in your course.

Have you used video from other instructors to flip your college classroom? Or, have you created videos that your colleagues are using? Tell us in the comments.

Jennifer Roland is a freelance writer for hire. She focuses on edtech, lifestyle topics, marketing and public relations, and content creation. Her first book, The Best of Learning & Leading with Technology, was published by ISTE in July 2009

1 Comments

Bridget Trogden /

Interesting ideas. Thanks for posting. When I did flipping (2011), I created my own videos and hosted to Vimeo. However, there are many more open sources available now than there were even a few years ago. I think there are two big flipping concerns going forward: a.) Many teachers believe that they have to create their own videos, which they certainly do not. b.) On the other side of the coin, I’ve heard several college faculty members say that if they pointed their students toward other video sources (including MOOCs) rather than creating their own, they would be questioned by their colleagues and/or administrators. On both accounts, we need to move away from this expectation that teachers deliver information in a top-down mechanism. It is much better for teachers at all levels to work with students on engaging ideas and activities that couple content knowledge with real-world skills.