- Are you teaching an online asynchronous course?
- Do you want to add a video-based humanizing element to your course?
- Have you been wanting to try Flipgrid?
What is Flipgrid?
Flipgrid, Humanizing, & Equity
Strengthening the sense of community and humanizing online learning are inclusive, equity-minded practices…Flipgrid supports a strong sense of community and social presence as students interact with each other and as instructors reply to students beyond text alone…Tone, facial expressions, accents, and the sound of each other’s voices humanize each person and the whole online environment.
What Students Think of Flipgrid
- “In this course, I like the discussions that we’ve been having on Flipgrid. Flipgrid is really easy to learn and a fun place to interact with other classmates.”
- “One thing that at first I didn’t like because it brought me out of my comfort zone was the Flipgrid assignments but now I see them as valuable and think it’s a great part of this class.”
- “Initially, I thought that I wouldn’t like Flipgrid because the idea of posting videos of myself online was not appealing at all. But, after doing our first assignment and receiving comments on my videos, I actually like Flipgrid because I feel that I am actually in this class interacting with my fellow English 1A classmates.”
New Features & Camera-Shy Students
- Flipgrid recently added several new, Zoom-like screen-sharing boards, such as a whiteboard, graph paper, and other fun boards. While recording, these can be accessed under Effects. With a slider bar, students can choose to share just their chosen board or both their camera and the board.
- Also under Effects, students have the option of “using the rear-facing camera (on any device that has one), pixelating their face with a filter, or inserting a large emoji over” their face and/or background.
- Flipgrid also recently added a “Mic only” feature under Options, so students can make voice-only recordings.
Using Flipgrid in Canvas
- Flipgrid can only be enabled at the course level. There is no way to enable it for all Mt. SAC courses, so you’ll need to follow a few steps before using it in each course, but the benefits of engaging students far outweigh the inconvenience of setup. You’ll get the Consumer Key and Shared Secret from your Flipgrid account.
- Even though Flipgrid is a discussion platform, you don’t use the Canvas-native Discussions tool to create a Flipgrid discussion in Canvas; rather, you must set it up as an Assignment and select External Tool as the Submission Type. This will allow it to connect to your SpeedGrader.
Flipgrid Assignment Ideas
If you are looking for creative ways to use Flipgrid, Maritez offers several ideas for a variety of subject areas. Additional multi-discipline examples can be found on our Flipgrid page in the Mt. SAC Canvas Faculty Center and on Flipgrid itself under the Discovery tab, which you’ll see after you make a Flipgrid account and login.