About Me

A little about me and why I created this course

My story

I have been working in faculty development and graduate student professional development for 16 years. I was first introduced to faculty development when I worked as a part-time graduate student intern making copies and answering phones in the center for teaching and learning. Through the years, I worked my way up and served as a program assistant, an assistant director for graduate teaching programs, the director of the center, and the director of graduate student professional development.

In 2011, I started my own educational consulting business so I could work with faculty and graduate students beyond the borders of one campus. I built my business around my teaching philosophy using the acronym FLIP. The FLIP means to Focus on your Learners by Involving them in the Process.

Now, I’d like to do my part to help advance the future of the profession. It’s a field that tends to rely heavily on “one and done” events to foster professional growth: go to a conference, attend a lunch-and-learn session, or go to an on-campus workshop. But, it’s hard to make any real progress when there’s not a sustained way to provide ongoing professional development and continued support for faculty.

This course is my way of doing my little part to advance the profession, support more faculty, provide a variety of faculty development resources, and connect with educators from any institution around the world.

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Workshop participants

My journey
Since 2011, I’ve visited 30 states across the country (and hopefully I’ll be able to add more to my list!). I’ve traveled to colleges, universities, and professional conferences facilitating workshops, delivering keynotes, and meeting with faculty to talk about teaching and learning in higher education, specifically discussing teaching, active learning, the flipped classroom, and my FLIP model.

All of the flights, hotel stays, and taxi rides have given me the opportunity to see this beautiful country from coast to coast and meet educators from around the world. I have been able to get a first-hand, ‘on the ground’ look at the current state of teaching and learning in higher education. I have learned so much about the challenges facing students and faculty in higher education today.

I’m so excited to be able to share what I’ve learned (and continue to learn!) with you. This course has really been five years in the making. I wouldn’t have the examples and experiences to share with you if I had not taken the time to actually go meet with faculty in person and listen to YOUR stories.

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Leading a workshop

My work
In addition to speaking and coaching, I wrote three books: 101 Ways to FLIP (2013), FLIP the First Five Minutes of Class: 50 Focusing Activities to Engage Students (2016), and 101 Unplugged Flipped Strategies to Engage Your Students (2016). I served as the editor and contributing author for Flipping the College Classroom: Practical Advice from Faculty (2016), and I also co-authored the book 101 Ways to FLIP Your Online Class (2014).

In 2016, I wrote the whitepaper 10 Strategies to Encourage Students to Actually DO the Pre-Class Work in Flipped and Active Learning Classrooms based on the most frequently asked question about the flipped model. I also wrote numerous blog posts, guest posts, peer-reviewed articles, and a book chapter in an effort to share best practices, strategies, and advice for creating successful flipped and active learning experiences.

For more about my work, visit my home page and my publications and presentations.

Personal
My husband, son, and our two rescue dogs live in a little town called Willow Springs, just south of Raleigh, North Carolina. We enjoy fishing, hiking, visiting local parks, and just spending any time we can together as a family. In my “free” time (ha ha! I have a toddler…), I enjoy reading, watching television and movies, trying new restaurants, and cooking. Good thing I have a little helper to do the dishes… : )

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“Helping” with dishes  : )

I look forward to working with you! Let’s FLIP it!
Barbi