HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 15, 2013 – High Point University faculty returned to campus this week to kick off the 2013-14 academic year with workshops and seminars presented by an educator who is revolutionizing the teaching models in higher education across the country.
Dr. Jose Bowen, author of the influential book “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning,” discussed the concept of a flipped classroom and how to engage students in the digital age. Surprisingly, it isn’t to include more technology in the classroom, but rather to include more face-to-face conversations and discussion in class while students view the lectures online and outside of class.
Bowen points out that simply “lecturing” is based upon medieval technology. In other words, lecturing was an efficient way to deliver content a thousand years ago, but not anymore. Rather he suggests faculty should more effectively use person-to person time to focus on the application of knowledge to new contexts, the development of intellectual curiosity, investment in the material, challenging personal beliefs, development of higher-level cognitive processing, oral and written communication skills and several other key areas.
“Dr. Bowen not only is an expert in 21st century pedagogy, but he also understands how young adults learn,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost at HPU. “His work focuses on effective instruction in today’s university classroom to assure maximum dissemination and retention of knowledge.”
“Dr. Bowen encouraged our faculty to maximize that human dimension which is the differential advantage of bricks-and-mortar education: student engagement and faculty-student interaction,” says Dr. Carole Stoneking, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s an approach that inverts the traditional model in which students come to class, are introduced to material by a professor and then leave to study and learn on their own. In Bowen’s model, students have first contact with material outside of the classroom, using technology like podcasts and online games. Thus when they come to class, the focus of faculty-student interaction can be upon processing, application, problem-solving and the kind of skills that prepare students for a changing world.”
Bowen is the dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and professor of music at Southern Methodist University. He has written more than 100 scholarly articles, is the editor of Cambridge Companion to Conducting and is also an international jazz performer. He has been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including podcasts and online games.