African 703: Flipped Classes and Blended Learning

Instructor: Dr. Katrina Daly Thompson

Meeting Time: Wednesdays 2-3:15 PM

In this 1-credit course, graduate students will explore the concept of “flipped classrooms.” By flipping our classrooms, we use out-of-class time to prepare students for better use of in-class time. We will explore several ways to accomplish this, but focus on one: creating digital materials students can use outside of class to learn about grammar or culture, while saving class time for communicative practice in the target language. Each student will create at least one digital lesson by the end of the semester and have the opportunity to give critical feedback on others’ lessons. The focus is on using the flipped classroom for language teaching, but graduate students teaching culture courses are also welcome and will have the opportunity to work on projects relevant to their teaching interests.