They want us to “flip” our classrooms. This would mean writing lectures, practicing them, dressing for them, and videotaping them to put online.
1. I do not lecture and to the extent that I do, it works in person. If lectures are bad to begin with, I do not see why I should start giving canned ones. I want to talk to students live, anyway.
2. If I cannot get students to read outside of class, why do you think I would be able to get them to watch videotaped lectures — especially since lectures are bad?
2a. I truly dislike watching videos since they do not permit skimming or speedreading or slow reading or rereading, the way books do. (It is one thing to watch a live performance that has been videotaped, and quite another to watch canned material.)
3. Is it really true that classes before 2007, when “flipping” was allegedly invented, have involved lectures that are essentially read from a textbook, and then “homework” based on “application” of material explained in said lectures and tests based on memorization of correct homework answers? Isn’t that kind of teaching a straw man?
3a. I always assign reading of texts or watching of film, and so on, to be done outside class. In class, we talk about the material and the work we are doing with and on it, and practice the skills we are supposed to be learning. Virtually every course I have ever taken was also given that way. Am I unusual?