Academic Technology

Using Coursestream to create a “Flipped Classroom”


The “Flipped” Classroom inverts traditional teaching methods delivering lectures, course materials and instruction online and using in-person class-time for more discussion, group work and active, project based learning. Instruction that used to occur in class is now accessed in advance of class, making this an ideal mode for in-person and hybrid courses. At SF State, we use CourseStream a class lecture capture service that enhances the online learning experience for students in participating courses. Students can watch and listen to class-related recordings online at their convenience. Class lecture captures include audio, video, and anything shown during the live class session or recorded in advance by the instructor, such as PowerPoint presentations, software demonstrations, digital video clips, and document camera recordings. Recorded class lectures are made available to students within 24 hours inside their respective iLearn course. In addition to rooms with coursestream recording appliances, faculty at SF State are also able to record using Personal Capture software on a laptop or Blackboard Collaborate.


Effectively flipping a classroom brings many benefits:

  • Using technology to remove passive, one-way lecturing as the only means of teaching.
  • Increasing teacher-student and student-student interactions during class time, building stronger student/teacher relationships.
  • Students can review difficult course concepts after class, increasing their understanding.
  • Creates a collaborative learning environment in the classroom.

Case story/usage example:

“Class becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning. Most importantly, all aspects of instruction can be rethought to best maximize the scarcest learning resource—time. Flipped classroom teachers almost universally agree that it’s not the instructional videos on their own, but how they are integrated into an overall approach, that makes the difference” (The Flipped Classroom by Bill Tucker).

CourseStream and Blackboard Collaborate are increasingly becoming a part of a larger SF State learning and teaching strategy to improve student performance and assist with graduation rates. Studies at other universities have shown that the use of lecture capture as a supplement to face-to-face courses can reduce the number of D's and F's in a class by 20 percent, enabling students to review lectures and clarify difficult course concepts. Studies have also shown that student attendance in courses actually increases when lecture capture reviews are made available, perhaps because students are less likely to fall behind in their understanding and feel prepared for class.

Faculty may can choose to replace a face-to-face session with an archived lecture recording to maintain course continuity in the case of illness or travel. Retiring faculty members have recorded key lectures for use by their colleagues after their retirement. Guest lectures by prominent speakers and campus events can also be recorded for future use. Dr. Eric Mazur, a Harvard University physicist, has been using the method for 21 years.Watch this brief talk by Dr. Mazur “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer”

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