Educator Spotlight: Ed Lingan and Dave Strukel’s Flipped Classroom at the University of Toledo
We love the opportunity to work with talented faculty members across the country and see how they incorporate technologies like Seelio into their classroom.
At the end of last year, we met Ed Lingan and Dave Strukel from the University of Toledo and got excited about their innovative approach to their Public Presentations course. This spring they incorporated various technologies, including Seelio, into their course in a Flipped Classroom model. We asked them to share about their experience, how students responded, and the advice they have for other educators. Find their responses below!
Can you start with a quick overview of your class and how you have incorporated new technologies like Seelio?
The class that we teach is an Honors section of Public Presentations. The class content is on iTunes U. It is the first time at the University of Toledo that the class is being offered this way. Before the start of the academic year, all Honors students were given iPads and given tutorials on how to use them. The idea was to “flip the classroom.” We posted lecture content on iTunes U, which the students had to watch on their own time and then in class, we had the class do activities to reinforce what was covered in the videos online.
Another great teaching tool is the website Zaption.com. It allows you to make annotations to video so students can see comments alongside the video as it plays. This is especially useful because students often don’t realize mistakes they have made until they can read it in text and see as well as hear them doing it. The same thing goes for pointing out when things go well with their presentations.
We have incorporated Seelio.com as a final exam assignment for the class. We introduced the students to Seelio in the first week of class and told them to build a profile where they will save their practice speeches and demonstrate how they hit learning objectives. Basically, the students will have to assess themselves on how well they did.
What is an interesting project or unique example of how you’re using Seelio in the classroom?
Before the semester started, Ed and I talked about writing a journal article about the successes and challenges of doing a class on iTunes U. And then it hit me! I thought we might as well use our iPads to create a running video documentary of our class week by week. I thought it would be kind of like our reality show. We’ve had a lot of fun making the videos. The key to pulling it off though was to have the students sign off on talent release forms to allow us to record and post videos of them and their work in class. And besides the weekly recaps that we have shown week by week, we have also shot tech tip videos each time we run into challenges with the technology in the classroom and how we have overcome those issues.
Also, we have documented special occasions where we have spoken about our class like on our university president’s online show “UToledo Inside.” Seelio has served us well in that people outside of our class (students, administrators, whoever) can see what exactly we do without taking our class. They can get a feel for what we are like as instructors inside and outside of the classroom.
What do you like most about Seelio?
There are a few things I like about Seelio. The first thing I like is that it has a very clean, non-cluttered look to it. It’s very easy on the eyes and not busy. It allows a lot of freedom in terms of design. Plus, it’s easy to add material. I really like that I can add and edit works very quickly and easily.
What have your students been saying about the class and about Seelio?
We just had our Finals Week presentation for our Public Presentations students. The students had to give 10 minute presentations to us, showing off their Seelio pages and discussing how they met and and did not meet the learning objectives of the class by showing us some video examples posted on their pages. It went far better than expected. The students were very honest about what they accomplished and where they still needed work. One student in particular, Morgan Beeching, got so much from her Seelio page that Ed and I will incorporate what she posted into our future assignments. Beside the videos of her speeches, she also posted the outlines and manuscripts/texts of her speeches next to the videos! How cool is that? People can read and see the speeches! Ed and I think that is a great use of Seelio; to post the outlines/text along with the video.
Morgan also posted links to her Facebook and LinkedIn pages. A couple other students also said they liked how they can show off so much of what they do on their page. As an example, Jean-Pierre King is into computers. He likes the fact that he can show pictures/video of his work. He has taken apart and reassembled iPhones and video game systems.
What advice would you give to someone who is just getting started with Seelio in their classroom?
Much like anything new, I would say the best thing is to dive right in and play around with it. Get comfortable. The tutorials do a good job of giving you a tour of what to expect. If you’re an instructor that is not quite sure about the technology, don’t have students do something you would not or cannot do yourself. There is no need to fear; Seelio is not one of those technological teaching tools that requires a workshop or seminar to learn. It is very user-friendly and can be very beneficial to the students and the instructor. Having the ability to document and show progression in learning is huge.
Thanks to Ed and Dave for sharing their experience and exploring new ways to engage students in the classroom with technology tools! We love supporting our partners and sharing their stories. If you’d like to share your story, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.