Flipping the classroom involves students doing what would have traditionally been done in class at home, prior to the lesson, and then doing the homework in class time. New technologies allow educators to create feature-rich video and audio content, tailor-made for their students, which those students can view at home as many times as they like before coming to class. In class, the teacher should now have more time to devote to activities that practise the concepts introduced in the flipped portion of the lesson. The Centre for Applied Learning and Multimedia (CALM) Department at HCT Dubai Colleges, in collaboration with the Foundations Department, has produced short video modules to pre-teach the target vocabulary for Level 03 designed to be used in a flipped classroom scenario. Finally, spaced repetition is used to consolidate the vocabulary and ensure that it moves from short-term to long-term memory. Spaced repetition is a learning technique that uses increasing periods of time between reviews of material. The full programme has been piloted with one Level 03 class at Dubai Women’s College. This paper will describe in full the pilot programme, including feedback from the pilot staff member and his students.
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Alvin Toffler defined change as “the process by which the future invades our lives.” Today, this definition reinforces itself as we witness the impact of the mobile revolution in education and in our daily lives. The emergence and rapid adoption of new and innovative methods of teaching and learning through the use of tablets, especially iPads, as well as other mobile devices, is creating a new paradigm in education. While the debate continues as to whether these mobile devices can provide as comprehensive an experience as Computers or Laptops, all UAE Higher Education Federal Institutes have embraced iPads for their Foundation programs. The mobile learning initiative is creating an interplay between Pedagogy, Technology and Content, and is transforming teaching and learning environments. An early indication of the initiative’s success is demonstrated by the increased adoption of Challenge Based Learning and Flipped Classrooms among teachers. The mobile journey has begun and its impact can be felt as you read through the journal. This year’s edition includes articles and education technology reviews that reflect the changing technological landscape amongst teaching and learning communities worldwide.