The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 7th, 2015
In a way, there are two Norman Nemrows.
There’s the real-life professor who spent much of his career teaching
accounting students at Brigham Young University. And there’s the one
I'll call Video Norm, the instructor immortalized in lectures on
accounting that he began recording nearly 15 years ago.
For more than a decade, students at BYU learned from both Norms.
About half of the class sessions for his introductory-accounting course
were "software days," when students watched an hour or two of video
lectures on their computers anywhere they wanted and then completed
quizzes online. The other class periods were "enhancement lectures," in
which students—as many as 800 at a time—gathered in a classroom and did
group work led by the actual Mr. Nemrow.
Back when it started, in 2000, this method of reducing in-person
classes and replacing them with videos and tutorials was an innovation,
but today it is a buzzword: the flipped classroom.