"Visual and active -- with paradigms part 1" by Dennis Yuzenas captured a teacher in a live classroom setting (10 minutes)
This "engaged teaching" is what progressive online professors have been doing for years, since their lectures are posted for the students to view at their leisure and the students are asked to become engaged actively by reflecting on the lecture. Online professors are more like to have created visually interesting and graphically organized powerpoint slides (using the design guidelines of marketing pushed by Seth Godin and others who advocate fewer words and more graphics). The result is that many online professors are at the forefront in providing "equivalent learning experiences" (Simonson (2005), p. 284) and ready to show professors in traditional face-to-face classrooms how to "reverse instruction" by having students work in virtual peer groups on exercises that are designed to engage students actively in the process of learning (not sit back and passively receive information from the lectures).
That's the essential message of Abraham S. Fischler, Eric Mazur and the Stanford faculty who are using terms like "flipping the classroom" -- they ask students to arrive at the discussion space (classroom in face to face) ready to discuss. That's what happens when students are online, posting by Wednesday and visiting the discussion forum daily to respond to each other's posts.
Although his book, The Art of Changing the Brain (2002), has inspired teachers to "lecture less," James Zull does not have a prominent video on youtube highlighting his work (as of March 2012). He wrote compellingly about "the stupor" that his student sank into whenever he started lecturing (p. 127).
For "scaffolding" procedures in middle school:
Go to "Yuzenas Dennis" and look at the visual and active teaching segment. It lays out step by step the method that Yuzenas uses to get students to take over with projects (9 minutes). These steps can be duplicated in the online environment.
To view how private enterprise has adopted the asynchronous method of presenting information, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7LQryhtX0M, which advocates "copy universities and make videos part of your training."
This collection of videos and websites could be used to retrain teachers and create a paradigm shift making the student the center of the classroom: TheStudentIsTheClass.com, as Dr. Abraham S. Fischler points out in his blog.
For a macro view of how interactive teaching can lead to a "transformation of education," called systemic change in AECT.org parlance, visit SystemicChange.wordpress.com (which will be the subject of the next column's collection of videos).
Simonson, M. (2005). Trends and Issues in Distant Education, Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing.
Zull, J. (2002). The Art of Changing the Brain. Stylus Publishing.
Steve McCrea is a graduate student at Nova Southeastern University. Suggestions for videos that promote professional development for the distance learning community can be sent to EDDSteve@gmail.com.