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Flipped Classrooms

Last updated November 05, 2020


There are several different strategies and forms of 'flipped' learning, but the general idea is to have students learn content outside of class, while in-class time is spent doing some form of active learning. Here are a few strategies to keep in mind if you are interested in flipping your classroom:

  • Start small. Your entire course does not need to be flipped.  Start with a particular topic or a few class days where it makes sense to spend more class time on active learning.
  • Coach your students. Students need to be informed of the expectation that they come in having learned the material and thought about it.  Provide some out of class activities that require your students to demonstrate they have learned the material.
  • Use multiple sources for content.  Don't just use video recorded lectures or just use a textbook.  Use several different forms to help deliver the content.
  • Be sure to have a clear learning outcome. The in-class activities should clearly lead students to some defined learning outcome. Be sure to explain to your student how the in-class activity applies to the out of class learning.


Morningside Zoom

Morningside has a Zoom license for hosting virtual meetings.  All Morningside students, faculty, and staff have a personal Zoom room where they can meet virtually with others.  To get started using Morningside's Zoom please use the following resources


Morningside WebEx

WebEx is another of Morningside College's platform for hosting virtual meetings.  All Morningside instructors have a personal WebEx room where they can meet virtually with others.  Here are some resources for getting started and using WebEx.



VidGrid is the screen-recording, editing, uploading, and storing solution for instructors who want to create instructional videos.  VidGrid has basic editing capabilities that most instructors need, but for those looking to add more advanced video-editing features, using iMovie or another editing program may be required.  VidGrid allows instructors to incorporate chapters for easy video navigation, embed questions, and track views. The use of the guest recorder also allows instructors to have students use the VidGrid recorder to make their own videos which are then stored in the Instructor's VidGrid collection.

Resources to get started with VidGrid:

Content Curation

Providing curated content to your students doesn't need to be boring.  Providing easy-to-create and visually engaging documents can help to make your content a bit more engaging.  Two tools for content curation include Wakelet and  Each of these provides different templates that can be used to organize your content with easy methods of adding URL links and other electronic files.  Create a weekly readings list or newsletter using these tools.


An alternative to traditional text discussion boards, Vialogues is a video-based discussion forum.  Users upload a video and then viewers can comment.  Comments are time-stamped as to when on the video the comment is made.  As other viewers watch the comments posted previously are highlighted as the video plays and these comments can be replied to.  All comments are text-based. 

Voice Thread

VoiceThread is another alternative to the traditional text-based discussion.  VoiceThread is a media-based discussion platform where users can post images or videos. From this media, users can post comments or replies in text, audio, or video format.  Free license limits users to 5 VoiceThreads and there is no moderation or threaded commenting features available.  Pro-versions provide these options.

Explain Everything

Explain Everything is at its root an interactive whiteboard app, but it can do so much more.  It can be a useful medium for building tutorial videos for distance learning or flipped classes. It can be a tool for students to record their own progress working through a math problem. It can be a means of recording live whiteboard writing/drawing for later viewing.  Explain Everything is best used on an iPad, but there are also Windows versions that might allow for content building on a laptop with touch screen capabilities.

Garage Band (Mac)

Garage band is an audio recording and editing software available to Mac and iOS devices.  If you plan to create podcasts or wish to create your own original music, Garage Band has features that allow you to capture, edit, and convert your files into an audio file.

iMovie (Mac)

iMovie is a free program for Mac users.  It is a video editing software that makes cutting, splicing, and creating simple transitions easy to do.  Video files can be easily imported into iMovie for manipulation and then exported into a variety of video file formats for sharing.

iBooks Author (Mac)

iBooks Author is a program free on the Mac platform and allows users to create interactive content.  This can be a full-length book or can be a type of lesson creator.  iBooks Author provides an easy interface for adding in interactive content and automatic reformatting when moving content around.  A limitation is that the end-user (the person reading the content) must have the ability to read an iBooks format (only available on Apple products).

Book Creator

Create electronic books collaboratively with Book Creator. eBooks can integrate multi-media combining text, audio, video, and images to create creative works. Book Creator is collaborative and students and teachers can work across multiple devices. Free accounts allow instructors to have up to 40 books in their library.


If you are interested in creating videos for your class and you need to write or draw on a board, we have a lightboard and studio space available for faculty. This link provides you a demo of what the lightboard can do and how to use it. Contact Kim Christopherson to reserve studio time.

Windows Movie Maker

Video editing software for Windows operating systems.  Movie Maker allows users to cut, splice, and create videos.

Quicktime (Mac)

Quicktime is a program installed on Mac computers that works both as a media player and video/audio recorder.  Quicktime can record from the webcam or can create screencasts. Simple video editing (splitting clips, deleting segments) can be done using this program.


A free screencasting software that allows users to record from their webcam, from their screen, or both (allowing you to have a small video of yourself playing while showing a video of your screen). There is both a free and a pro version.  The free version allows for up to 15-minute videos to be recorded and has a feature that can upload videos directly to YouTube.  The pro version allows for longer recordings and additionally has some editing features as well. The 'scripted recordings' feature in the pro version allows for the creation of captions for your videos.


EdPuzzle is a program that can be used to embed questions within videos.  If users create a class within EdPuzzle and have students join then student usage can also be tracked including their scores on the questions and how much of the video was actually viewed.


PlayPosit (Formerly EduCannon) is a program that can be used to embed questions within videos.

SoftChalk Lesson Builder

SoftChalk is a lesson building program available to Morningside instructors to build online content. Contact Kim Christopherson for the license key.