Have you heard about the Fisch Flip or Flip-Thinking?
Dan Pink wrote about Flip Thinking and how some people are reversing the usual sequence of things.
Pink talks about Karl Fisch, a 20-year educator who has decided to flip the standard high-school math class. Fisch puts all of his lectures on YouTube and assigns them as homework to his students. When they come to class, he facilitates activities, exercises, questions and discussion. Instead of the lecture occurring in class and the students then having to do homework alone, he’s flipped the model. Now his students can pause his lectures, replay portions that don’t make sense and view it as many times as they want. In class, he can help students with activities and they are there to help each other. The focus in class is on doing something instead of passively listening. They are practicing in class what they viewed in his lectures.
Fisch has clearly flipped the old classroom model. And if you’re like me, you may have said, “Well, duh! That makes a lot of sense.”
“…That’s the power of flipping. It melts calcified thinking and leads to solutions that are simple to envision and to implement,” says Pink.
Business Flips To Success
Some in the publishing industry have flipped the traditional model. Instead of waiting for the hardcover to be published, authors have made eBooks available online. Or they’ve allowed soft cover print on demand.
HR Department Going Away Parties
Some companies have flipped the traditional last day at work party. Instead of holding a party on the last day of employment before the employee moves on to another job, the company holds a welcome party on the first day of employment.
In Dallas, one restaurateur flipped the traditional restaurant experience. Instead of opening a restaurant for six or seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, he and his business partners opened only one night a week for 49 weeks. They rented a temporary space that was going to be demolished and rotated local chefs each night that the restaurant was open. They only needed the space one night a week. Seating was family-style and reservations were required. 100% of the profits were given to local charities too. The pop-up style restaurant was a huge success and the owners have since moved on to their next endeavor.
Flipping The Standard Conference Education Model
What if conference organizers and event professionals flipped the standard lecture presentation? What if the lecture was put online for people to view before the conference? People could then attend the session onsite and participate with the presenter and others in activities that helped them solidify concepts and ideas. They could engage in roundtable discussions with one another on what did and didn’t work.
The same model could be used with Webinars. Conference presenters could deliver their foundation content in a Webinar. Attendees could view it at their leisure, apply concepts in real time at work and then bring questions, best practices and concerns to the conference.
This could have great ROI for learning and retention from your conference or event. I think it has great promise.
How would your conference attendees adapt to flipping the conference education lecture presentation on YouTube and the onsite experience being interactive? What other conference processes, models or methods could be flipped today?