Staff Development Unit held a workshop on flipped classrooms. It was given by Dr. Mahmoud Essam Al-Rejal, a teaching staff member in the department of Clinical Pharmacy on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
At the beginning of the workshop, Dr. Mahmoud gave a detailed explanation about the flipped classrooms and said that they are one of the modern learning strategies that aim at enhancing and developing the participation of the students and their results in the academic achievements.
He explained how to use many tools to prepare the flipped classrooms, including case-based learning, problem-solving-based learning or the active learning.
He added that this is a mixed educational strategy, as students are required to prepare what they are going to learn before meeting and interacting with their peers in the classrooms. He assured that the main purpose for the flipped classrooms is to put more focus on the application of the students for the practical and theoretical concepts instead of the realistic recall for the information or transferring the information directly from the staff member to the student.
Moreover, Dr. Mahmoud explained the most important necessary methods to prepare the flipped classrooms on several phases, including flipping lectures and home works from being typical lectures to watching educational videos before attending it then re-allocating the time of the lecture to let the student ask in the scientific content of the lecture and testing the student’s skills in the knowledge application and the interaction with his/her peers inside the classrooms.
At the end of the workshop, Dr. Mahmoud answered the inquires of some staff members about the mechanism of the flipped classrooms strategy in the different educational subjects and the best use of it.