Faculty Exchange/Brant Deppa and Flipping Classes

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General Information

  • Audience - All WSU instructors interested in flipping their courses.
  • Interview Date - 10/12/2010
  • Tools Used - Tegrity & JMP

Meet the Faculty Member

Dr. Brant Deppa, WSU Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, received his Ph.D. from The University of Minnesota. Dr. Deppa's focus of study is in applied statistics, statistical computing and graphics, and experimental design.

Viewing the Interview Segments

The full interview is divided into six segments. Select play to begin viewing Segment 1. To advance to another segments at any time by using the Next Next button.

Segment Descriptions

  • Segment 1 Introduction Brant introduces himself and talks about how he has flipped his Introductory Statistics (STAT 110) class.
  • Segment 2 How your are using flipped in your class? In this segment Brant breaks down what flipping means in this class.
  • Segment 3 How do you keep students engaged in the outside class content? Here he describes a tool called gap notes and his resources designed to show students how to use JMP statistical software. At the end of this segment Brant also talks about the way he does group work within class.
  • Segment 4 What is the classroom experience like now that you have flipped this course? Here Brant explains some of the powerful ways flipping your courses can enhance the student learning further outside the class to prepare for classwork.
  • Segment 5 How do you feel student are doing in the flipped classroom? Brant explains how his students are more engaged in class and performing better on their exams.
  • Segment 6 What are the benefits of flipping your classes? Here he talks about the benefits of being able to replay content of outsides class and his observations of students work in class indicate that they are completing the gap notes and using these as a resource to do group work.
  • Segment 7 What are some other ways you are using Tegrity? Here Brant talks about how the records serve as a very effective way to demonstrate step-by-step directions on the software he uses within this class.
  • Segment 8 What would you recommend to others thinking about flipping their classes? Brant talks about his philosophy of recording here and how lectures are more relaxed and the real luxury of having more time to elaborate on concepts he is covering.
  • Segment 9 How have you changed your recordings now that they are all down outside of class? Here he talks about the use of gap lecture notes when he is recording and how he tries to break recordings down.
  • Segment 10 What are some of the other considerations for the in-classroom setting faculty might want to consider? Here Brant talks about how important it is to have a room where group work is conducive.

Good Practices

  • Record you content in a relaxed setting and feel free to elaborate on content students might find relevant or struggling with in class.
  • In-class time is spent observing and assessing where students are with the curriculum.
  • Group work requires classrooms that are designed for group interaction and allow the instructor to easily observe all members of the class.

Key Outcomes

  • Students who are watching content and taking gap notes are performing well on exams and prepared for group work.
  • Grading time is reduced in this setting as he only grades the group assignments instead of individual assignments turned in by everyone in class.
  • More time spent interacting with students in-class.

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