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Seminar - Super-charging Flipped Classrooms: A Systematic Market-Driven Framework to Forge Communities of Learning
Seminar: Super-charging Flipped Classrooms: A Systematic Market-Driven Framework to Forge Communities of Learning
Sidharth Jaggi, Associate Professor, Department of Information Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong
- As instructors we often bemoan the fact that many students focus exclusively on grades, sometimes to the detriment of actual learning. I posit that at least part of the problem lies in the market-style reward structure we instantiate when designing assessment structures, with scarce resources (high grades) being offered to students in exchange for high quality work (assignments, exams). Students, being on the whole rational actors (despite some claims to the contrary), then tailor behaviour to capture the marginal grades.
Perhaps a key insight is that one way out of this is to carefully design market-style incentives coupled with appropriate graded learning activities to create virtuous cycles of positive peer-interaction behaviours among students, and create true communities of learning. At least to some extent altruism/community norms can supplant mercenary market incentives, leading to powerful peer-based learning.
In this talk I'll walk through a case-study of a freshman engineering mathematics class I've taught/am teaching in flipped format. I'll give examples of such incentive mechanisms coupled with T&L activities and learning outcomes, and a framework to structure these around. I'll also highlight some remarkable student learning outcomes.
I aim for this to be an informal talk, and hope there will be an interactive discussion with audience members about their own T&L ideas and experiences.