If you’re a teacher and a fan of Twitter chats like us, you probably participate in some of the more popular weekly chats, like #edchat and #edtechchat (and many others!).
One of our favorites is #TTOG (Teachers Throwing Out Grades), hosted by teacher and education author Mark Barnes. Earlier this week, Mark asked everyone to comment on mastery learning, and we wanted to chime in.
Many teachers use Versal to facilitate flipped classrooms, and we’re definitely intrigued by the “Flipped-Mastery” model (according to Wikipedia, a term coined in 2008 by Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams that refers to mastery learning that uses technology to time-shift the individual instruction).
Self-paced online learning is one of the most obvious ways to time-shift instruction. There are so many options available to teachers, from Khan Academy courses to YouTube videos and even blogs. All can conveniently serve as valuable supplemental content. And while not all students have internet access outside of the classroom, the gaps are closing and online learning is often a viable option.
Still, flipping a classroom isn’t just about sharing links with students. Teachers are rarely just experts at instruction. They’re (almost always) subject-masters.
This is why we get excited about the Flipped-Mastery model. We believe that combining the wisdom of the Web with a teacher’s own expertise, blending online and classroom experiences, and focusing on helping all students master the material is the future of education.
We think the future is already underway. Next gen SaaS VLE (virtual learning environment) platforms like Versal are making it easy for teachers to create interactive online lessons to compliment the classroom experience. We see more and more teachers every day looking to experiment and implement online learning.
What do you think? Are we nearing the tipping point for mastery learning, and will tech be the last small piece to push it over? Will the Flipped-Mastery model become more the norm? If you’re flipping or blending your class (or have tried it before), what worked, and what do you need to make it work better?
Share your thoughts on Twitter (#TTOG) or in the comments below!