Sat. Dec 4th, 2021

You know, I never stop marveling at the seemingly innumerable amount of worlds my job as an instructional designer can take me to. This past week, it took me to my childhood.

Although my career is technically seven years old, I would argue that it informally began in 1987 while studying for biology, when I figured out that I could memorize the path of a blood cell through the heart by drawing it as an analogy of a car going through a series of tunnels and car washes. A few weeks ago, led by my heart and its desire to contribute to the world of education, I found myself back at my high school, where it all began, speaking with the headmaster, my old gym teacher. To my delight, some faces just hadn’t changed. Since my journey began in ’87, my mindset hasn’t changed either.

Whether I’ve been a student, a tutor, an instructor, a trainer, or an instructional designer, I’ve always had the same mission of transferring a message of some sort to someone in a certain way in order to empower them. I was thus certain that through some exploration into the world of academia, I could find some new ideas or insights to enrich myself with.

To prepare me for the meeting, the headmaster recommended I look through the school’s professional development wiki for its teachers. While perusing it, I was quite happy to see that there are schools out there that are as ambitious in developing better ways of learning as my clients.—optimal-choice-for-cv0-002-exam-questions-prep—pass-cwsa-101-exam-questions-in-first-attempt—pass-cwsp-206-exam-questions-in-first-attempt—optimal-choice-for-cwdp-303-exam-questions-prep—valid-cloudf-dumps-pdf-for-prep—assure-good-results-in-cpfo-exam—best-pdf-dumps–pdf-dumps—guaranteed-success-in-first-attempt

One concept in particular that caught my eye was called the flipped classroom. From what I understood, a classroom is considered “flipped” when the teacher inverses the ratio of passive education to active education in his class. Passive education would be characteristic of most traditional teaching, where the teacher dictates content to students, who are usually just sitting there, passively, allegedly absorbing it. Active education is when the students get to engage with the content through various lively activities. Typically, the passive portion of a teacher’s class far outweighs the active part because the teacher needs that much more time to introduce new concepts.

In the flipped classroom, the teacher can devote the majority of the class to stimulating learning activities by “delegating” the passive portion to an online environment. More precisely, the teacher tapes himself explaining basic concepts, with a blackboard or anything else at his disposal, and posts the videos online. Students can then watch these videos as homework and come to class prepared to perform activities about them. What I found particularly brilliant was how effective this method could be at evening out the discrepancies in student’s learning abilities in class. Ostensibly, a class genius and a class laggard could enter a class equally prepared after the genius watches a teacher video once and the laggard watches it five times if need be to make sure it’s understood.

Is this phenomenon radically different from current practices in training? Absolutely not. What I discovered in academia was their version of blended learning, the strategic usage of both electronic and face-to-face learning to optimize resources and results. This only confirmed what I have believed all along: at their essence, training and education are one and the same. As such, my gym-teacher-now-headmaster and I were easily able to relate to each other and brainstorm some interesting ideas to have my company and I contribute to education. Here’s to me going back to school more often.

George Saridakis is a self-professed education enthusiast whose passion for teaching and learning has garnered him a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, the role of head course developer and trainer of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s training department in Quebec, and the distinction of being an author, having published his first book, Think and Learn Rich: Accelerated Learning in Higher Education. Currently, he serves as the Director of Educational Projects at Studio 7 Communications.

By rahul