Flipping conservation with iNnovative and sustainable IT Tools (FliNT)
This Project aims to (re-) develop the introductory course to conservation and two science courses at Bachelor level according to the Flipped classroom model using the teaching strategies of Blended Learning and Constructive alignment. Outside class time will be reserved for familiarization with the subject theory and preparation tasks for in-class activities guided by online instructions, as well as self-assessment activities.
Freed up in-class time is reserved for practical activities, Q&A sessions, demonstrations, group discussions, etc. A social learning environment will be created by dividing the student group in smaller colloquium groups. The ICT tools to support the teaching will be the learning management system Canvas and partly self-produced instruction videos with lightboard. It is expected that this teaching model will give students better support in their learning process, closer guidance and follow-up, as well as increased motivation and engagement for learning. This hopefully leads to better mastering of the subject material, improved reading and writing skills as well as competence in basic practical skills and, ultimately, a lower drop-out level.
Conservation of Cultural Heritage is an interdisciplinary field. Students at the BA in Cultural Heritage Preservation at the University of Oslo need to be educated in-amongst others- subjects of conservation and natural sciences. Furthermore, students need training in both theory and practice as well as transferable skills. Due to limited staff and time resources, there is an imbalance in the teaching of theory and practice at the BA level. Especially, first year BA students have expressed their disappointment about a lack of practical training. Further, it is our experience that many new students struggle with reading and writing academic texts and because of their humanities background have difficulties to understand science topics. A consequence being relative high drop-out levels.