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Flip, formerly Flipgrid, is a free and easy to use video discussion platform that provides an engaging social learning experience. Students and faculty members can record and edit video posts on a topic and respond to one another via video threads. Although it is a fairly simple tool, Flip is powerful due to its ability to help in building community and stimulating productive classroom discussions.

By providing an alternative to written responses, Flip is also accessible and inclusive from a universal design perspective.

Asynchronous Class Discussions

Faculty members using Flip can create a discussion prompt and allow students to share their thoughts and reflections at a time that works for them. This practice is also advantageous because instructors are able to see and hear from introverted students who may be reluctant to speak up during class.

Encourage Annotation

When a student records their video, they have the ability to add text and sticky notes. This functionality can be particularly advantageous to math instructors who would like students to show their work and reasoning during the video.

Student Presentations

Faculty members sometimes dedicate an entire class toward student presentations, but this isn’t always feasible in courses with high enrollment. In Flip, the maximum length of student videos can be established and there is a video moderation setting that allows instructors to review videos before they are shared with other students. By using these features in tandem, faculty members can create an equitable framework for student presentations.

Student Portfolios

An instructor can create a grid that includes a topic for each student. Within this space, students can add videos explaining their work or demonstrating new skills. By adding additional videos, students are able to develop a portfolio of their learning over time.

Asynchronous Office Hours

Despite the availability of video conferencing tools, it is still difficult for students and instructors to find a common time to meet. Using Flip, students are able to reach out with questions and instructors can respond with a video when it’s convenient for them.

In-Field Experiences

In programs in which students are doing work in the field, instructors can encourage them to download and install the Flip mobile app and create video demonstrations that can be discussed among classmates.

Reflective Journals

Instructors can assign reflection exercises that are completed as student videos rather than written narratives. These types of reflections might feel more authentic and do a better job of demonstrating understanding than their text-based counterparts.

Peer Feedback Exercises

Flip is an excellent resource for peer feedback exercises. Educators can pair two students together or facilitate small group work in which students respond to the videos generated by their classmates.

Instructor Feedback

Although important, text-based feedback doesn’t always capture the tone and messaging the faculty member wants to convey. Using video to provide a student with feedback can be more effective because they are able to hear tone of voice and see body language. For the faculty member, it becomes easier to demonstrate their emotional as well as academic support.