Everyone Needs A Leader
Yuval Shraibman, Tel Aviv University
Teaching in Academia, Issue Nr. 7, April 2017
This article presents our approach to the design of nine MOOCs produced to date by Tel Aviv University, and to implementing four of them, based on the Flipped Classroom model. The rationale behind this approach is driving change in the value proposition delivered to learners, and adapting this proposition to the digital age - thereby offering a better and more active learning experience compared to the traditional learning teaching method. This new learning experience - digital, personal, and holistic, is achieved through extensive investment in technology, design and pedagogical tools. The resulting Premium MOOCs become the backbone of the Flipped Classroom Model, enabling the in-classroom teaching to be more meaningful, and also more flexible, thus making it easier to adapt to different needs. The article presents the method's seven underlying fundamental principles. One focal principle is that the teacher serves as a leader who guides the blended learning process, and creates an enriching in-class learning experience that complements the digital learning component.