Since September 2014, I have produced numerous flipped classroom lectures for accounting and financial spreadsheet courses in my flipped classroom. Five semesters later – during the spring semester in 2017 – it was time for a change.

Instead of me, my students generated their own flipped classroom lectures for the financial spreadsheet courses. Students producing their videos required a new set of thinking for both the teacher and students. To this end, over 150 videos – generated by me and my students – were originally posted in a YouTube channel operated by Google. All of these videos are then downloaded to my university-wide course management system.

To maximize use of those videos and for assessment purposes, I incorporated a one-point assessment quiz for each video in the course management system. For each semester-long course, my students completed 100 online video quizzes both in and outside of the classroom. Examples of Microsoft Excel topics explained by my students included: auto-fitting, conditional formatting, headings, cell styles, borders, zooming, and date formats. Check out my YouTube channel at mekntid1983.

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10 tips for student-generated flipped classroom lectures

Below are 10 tips that will help you, as online educators, develop guidelines for students producing their videos for the benefit of their classmates.

IT: Help is on its way

Develop a relationship with your college’s online learning, information systems, or engineering services department. Introduce yourself in person or in an email to a director of one of those departments. Attend their informational sessions. Become familiar with their websites, if any.

About the Author:

Michael (Mike) Kane, MS Adm and MS SecEd, is a senior lecturer at the Business Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) – one of the ten colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Kane teaches accounting and financial spreadsheets to deaf and hard of hearing students pursuing associate-level business degrees.


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