CAS’ Writing Program Flips ESL Writing Course

Pary Fassihi, lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences writing program, revolutionized her classes with the help of educational technology.

Pary Fassihi recording a moduleFassihi teaches writing to English Second Language students, and found herself facing two problems that many professors battle: time constraints, and students asking questions that she had already addressed in lecture. Fassihi received a fellowship from the Center for Teaching & Learning. With the help of this fellowship and the guidance of the Educational Technology Department Fassihi was able to “flip” her class.

EdTech recommended that Fassihi begin to utilize modules, so she started making short videos (of three to four minutes each) that her students watched before each class session. In class Fassihi used comprehension checks such as audience response technology (a.k.a. clickers) and discussion activities to see how well the students understood the concepts from the modules. She found that students were much better equipped for their class activities.

Pary Fassihi recording essay feedbackFassihi did not stop there. She also ran workshops in a computer lab, where she could check in on each student during their work time and provide individual guidance. Additionally, she adapted her methods for grading students’ papers. Instead of reading and annotating essays she used a screen capture tool to record her screen as she went through the essays and provided verbal feedback.

She then could send each student the three to four minute video of corrections.

Check out the full story and video on Professor Fassihi’s flipped classroom!