Flipped Classroom Video

Please check out a fellow learner’s digital project on flipped classroom:


This was a very entertaining introduction to the flipped classroom. It clearly outlines some of the best practices in creating the flipped classroom environment, as well as its strengths and weakness.

When I first read about the flipped classroom concept, I thought it was interesting but would never find a use for it in my teaching concept. Boy was I wrong!

Recently, we started a small team of remote employees based on the other side of the country. While we were planning to bring them out to Vancouver for training, the question was ‘how long’. Cost was not the only driver–the longer employees are away from home and their families this could cause stress or even additional costs to them.

There is a lot of videos and reading in our training. So instead of lengthening the face to face training, we reorganized the training. We started the training remotely where they completed the foundational video watching and reading, then in Vancouver the training was active, hands on workshops.

So morale of the story, if you think you cannot use the flipped classroom in your teaching context think again!



Management and Learning

Coming from a management background, it never ceases to amaze me how much overlap there is between management and teaching. In some cases, the theories are even the same. For an example, expectancy theory is popular in both fields. Even beyond topics of motivation there is much link between learning and management. Empowerment, engagement, transformative methods are all common between the two fields. While some of the models and formulations are different, there is much overlap between the two fields.

Why might this be?

In one way, you could say the overlap exists because both fields are centred on cultivating certain behaviours to achieve an end. However, this would be applicable to any field that has a social dimension. Personally, I am more interested in whether there is some innate quality between the two fields that results in similar theories and practices. I definitely have not yet found an answer to this.

The role of learning within businesses and organizations has been discussed for decades. Indeed, there are interesting links between business leaders that promote learning and success of the organizations they lead.


This short article discusses the development of organizational learning, starting with Henry Ford in developing the Model T. When researching organizational learning, it is hard to not run into quotes from Henry Ford, as learning was central to his business philosophy.

Similarly, Dale Carnegie, author of the business/sales bible “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, started his career as a teacher. After a stint in sales, he went on to write and delivery world famous workshops on effective communication and leadership techniques. See http://dale-carnegie.ca/about_us/history/

The business world is full of these stories. Indeed, one of the aims of education is to develop essential skills for employment. As skill development is a lifelong learning process this is probably why the links between education and management are so intertwined.




New Learners and Visitors–WELCOME!


It has been a few months, but I am back!

If this is you’re first time visiting this blog, please take a tour. You can find a brief bio in the “About Me” section. Chances are if this is your first visit you are enrolled in PIDP 3250. Feel free to check out my previous blog postings as some of them relate to themes in this course as well (such as motivation).

I have developed this blog a little further by adding an “Additional Resources” section and linked to how you can follow me on other social media sites. Please check out the VCC School of Instructor Education facebook page (linked in additional resources), as they link to very cool projects and opportunities for other learners.

More to come soon!