Echo360 Highlights Benefits of ‘Flipped Classroom’ Practice Using Blended Learning Technology

DULLES, VA, Mar 14, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Echo360, the global leader in campus-wide blended learning and lecture capture solutions, in conjunction with the Center for Digital Education, is showcasing the value of implementing a ‘flipped classroom’ curriculum in a new brief called: “The Flipped Classroom: Increasing Instructional Effectiveness in Higher Education With Blended Learning Technology.”

The ‘flipped classroom,’ sometimes referenced as the ‘inverted classroom,’ is a practice where instructors flip the traditional lecture-in-class, study-at-home approach. Leveraging blended learning solutions like Echo360, professors record material prior to class and assign that lecture video as homework before class. Regularly scheduled class time is reserved for active learning techniques, group work and hands-on support.

“Beyond the use of online content, the Center for Digital Education recognizes modern learning is about reinventing how instructors use course material, structure their time and more effectively drive results,” said John Halpin, Center for Digital Education’s VP of Strategic Programs. “Flipping the classroom is helping students consume content at their convenience while using valuable class time to discuss, experiment and collaborate with peers and instructors for fuller knowledge.”

The brief reviews new models for effective teaching, discusses the ‘flipped classroom’ experience and shares the advantages of using blended learning at four institutions: North Arkansas College, Pace University, St. John Fisher College, and Worchester Polytechnic Institute. In addition, the brief features a study from the University of Sussex that suggests video lectures and other recorded material increased student understanding of course material and improved test performance.

“Echo360 blended learning technology is fueling new learning practices and it has an undeniable impact on the performance of students around the globe,” said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. “The flipped classroom is just one of many benefits for instructors and students using Echo360 technology.”

For a copy of the brief, visit: http://resources.echo360.com/flipped-classroom-pr

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