Flipgrid and Practice
Video Discussion Boards in Practice: Three Examples
Eric J. Hagan, DeSales University; Angela Sigley Grossman, DeSales University; and Suzanne S. Barnhurst, DeSales University
In this lightning round talk, a marketing instructor, a management instructor and a dance professor will show how they use video-based discussion boards in their courses to meet course objectives and build community in online courses. Two software products will be highlighted: FlipGrid and Practice. Either product may be integrated with any learning management system.
Text-based online courses can be boring and often fail to engage students. Text-based online discussion boards are a useful tool, but often result in students just going through the motions. In addition, many discussion boards do little to build a community feel among learners. Live video conferencing sessions can be great for building community, but detract from the reason most learners enroll in online courses: convenience and schedule flexibility.
Video discussion board products allow students the schedule flexibility they want while still providing the interactivity and human element that helps create a true community of learners. The presenters will share what has worked well for them in their three different academic disciplines.
Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display.
This software is only available on certain LVAIC campuses. Consult your campus instructional technologists regarding whether or not you have access.
Video discussion board, live discussion boards, flipped classroom
Directions for FlipGrid:
- Visit the FlipGrid website and create an account.
- Click the Get Started tab and open your first grid. Enter a Grid Name and select the privacy/grid type. Click Next.
- Enter your school’s domain name. Launch your grid.
- You can share your grid directly with students or invite collaborators to co-facilitate.
- Add topics and begin sharing!