Paleonet: "Flipped Classroom" for Paleontology

Thomas Hegna thegna at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 11 03:06:00 GMT 2014


All,
  Has anyone out there ever tried teaching Paleontology (or 
another class) using the 'flipped classroom' model? For those who are 
not familiar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_teaching
 
 I think I am considering making major changes to my Paleontology class,
 and may need some talking down from the pedagogical ledge . . .
Best,
Tom






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Thomas A. Hegna

http://wiu.academia.edu/ThomasHegna
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Department of Geology
Western Illinois University
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1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
USA
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> From: KSHIMADA at depaul.edu
> To: paleonet at nhm.ac.uk
> Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:32:21 +0000
> CC: pjcurrie at ualberta.ca; ssumida at csusb.edu; escott at sbcm.sbcounty.gov; plotnick at uic.edu
> Subject: Paleonet: Please distribute as widely as possible (On fossil commercialism issue)
> 
> Hi Everyone,
> 
> About a week ago, Roy Plotnick posted a message on this list (copied below) regarding the following commentary my colleagues and I wrote:
> 
> Shimada, K., P. Currie, E. Scott, and S. Sumida. 2014. The greatest challenge to 21st century paleontology: When commercialization of fossils threatens the science. Palaeontologia Electronica, 17(1)1E:1-4.
> [http://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2014/691-great-threat-in-21st-century]
> 
> Although the article's main target audience is the entire paleontological community, our primary message is to promote the awareness of the issue to the general public.  So, please forward the article not only to your colleagues, but also to your non-paleo colleagues, friends, and families.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
> 
> I should note that this message is NOT intended to engage in a thread of discussion regarding the issue on this list.  As noted by the editor (in the article and in the message copied below), those who have opinions about the matter are encouraged to write commentaries to be published in Palaeontologia Electronica.
> 
> Thanks again!
> 
> Sincerely,
> Kenshu
> ________________________________
> Kenshu Shimada, Ph.D.
> Professor
> Department of Environmental Science and Studies
>    and Department of Biological Sciences
> DePaul University
> 2325 N. Clifton Avenue
> Chicago, IL 60614, USA
>       and
> Research Associate in Paleontology
> Sternberg Museum of Natural History
> Fort Hays State University
> Hays, KS 67601, USA
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk [mailto:paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Roy Plotnick
> Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2014 11:43 AM
> To: PaleoNet
> Subject: Paleonet: Commentary in Palaeontolgia Electronica
> 
> The following commentary has just been published by Palaeontologia Electronica:
> http://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2014/691-great-threat-in-21st-century
> 
> The commercial collection and sale of fossils, as well as the still developing regulations involving collection of fossils on public lands, have emerged as one of the most contentious issues in paleontology.  These issues pit not only professional paleontologists and commercial collectors against each other, but have produced rifts within the paleontological community. Here Shimada and his co-authors vigorously present a position supported by many vertebrate paleontologists. I repeat a call in an earlier commentary (Plotnick, 2011 <http://palaeo-electronica.org/2011_1/commentary/mainstream.htm> ) for additional contributions that would discuss these issues that are so crucial to our field. These can be sent directly to me.
> 
> NOTE: I am not looking for brief "comments" on Shimada et al. Instead, I want detailed and well thought out statements that will contribute to a dialog on these critical topics.  Please do not be hesitant to clearly stake out a position. I do, however, reserve the right to reject any contribution that I regard as impolite. 
> 
> - Roy Plotnick, Editorials Editor, Palaeontologia Electronica,  <http://palaeo-electronica.org/index.html> a professional peer-reviewed, open-access online publication.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk [mailto:paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Roy Plotnick
> Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2014 11:43 AM
> To: PaleoNet
> Subject: Paleonet: Commentary in Palaeontolgia Electronica
> 
> The following commentary has just been published by Palaeontologia Electronica:
> http://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2014/691-great-threat-in-21st-century
> 
> The commercial collection and sale of fossils, as well as the still developing regulations involving collection of fossils on public lands, have emerged as one of the most contentious issues in paleontology.  These issues pit not only professional paleontologists and commercial collectors against each other, but have produced rifts within the paleontological community. Here Shimada and his co-authors vigorously present a position supported by many vertebrate paleontologists. I repeat a call in an earlier commentary (Plotnick, 2011 <http://palaeo-electronica.org/2011_1/commentary/mainstream.htm> ) for additional contributions that would discuss these issues that are so crucial to our field. These can be sent directly to me.
> 
> NOTE: I am not looking for brief "comments" on Shimada et al. Instead, I want detailed and well thought out statements that will contribute to a dialog on these critical topics.  Please do not be hesitant to clearly stake out a position. I do, however, reserve the right to reject any contribution that I regard as impolite. 
> 
> - Roy Plotnick, Editorials Editor, Palaeontologia Electronica,  <http://palaeo-electronica.org/index.html> a professional peer-reviewed, open-access online publication. 
> 
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