One of the emerging needs with the current COVID19 situation is the conduct of classroom transactions inside and out of the classrooms. This is increasingly necessary in situations where the vulnerable are involved. These include senior citizens, invalids and people living with chronic conditions.
In addition, classrooms will be opened only in conformity with strict safety protocols. In this regard, we are proposing a hybrid in-class and remote kind of infrastructure in which either the students or their instructors can attend classrooms or participate remotely.
And increasingly, it is becoming a necessity to the survival of the modern classroom that teaching models be evolved to accommodate emerging students’ demands. A wave of disruption is sweeping across the world with hands-on graduate being preferred at the workplace. Students who have been weaned on an interdependence and co-creation culture are more likely to adopt a solution development mindset making a more significant economic contribution.
Our e-learning model proposes The Flipped Classroom Model of E-Learning as Opposed to Blended E-learning. Great emphasis is put on Content Development and utilization of technology in distribution and access. This is accentuated by best practices considerations on each step. Below is a schematic presentation of our learning transactions with emphasis on locations of activities.
- Before Classroom Meeting
- During Classroom Meeting/ During Teacher-Learners Meeting Remotely
- After Classroom Meeting
The activities involved take place during the following times (periods):
- Lecturers prepare intuitive content in form of interactive presentation, engaging video (screen casting, gamification activities, whiteboard annotation and simulations capture). The Content prepared is uploaded to the Learning Management System for the students to go through on a “self-paced”/Independent reading. Students login to the LMS and access the content before attending the lecture session.
- We create a hybrid classroom in which interaction between students (co-creation) working in groups/breakout sessions and their lecturer happens discussing the complex outcomes of the content accessed before the classroom session. We create the setup in such a way that classroom participants can be on location or remotely participating. The Lecturer gets a toolset of software and hardware as well as a collaboration workspace in which to host the students for live interaction complete with a digital whiteboard and simulation for complex laboratory activities.
- Students continue accessing the content shared by the lecturer before and during the classroom session. This content includes the recorded classroom session. The recording provides all the video controls including replay, pause and download for maximum engagement.