Implementation of Flipgrid as a Self-Reflection Tool for Student Engagement– A Pilot Study

  • Tyler M. Kiles University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
  • Julia Vishenchuk University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
  • Kenneth Hohmeier University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
Keywords: Flipgrid, reflection, engagement, online learning, remote teaching

Abstract

Background: Self-reflection is important for professional development, critical thinking, and engagement. However, self-reflection is not habitual or instinctive, and reflection assignments are often met with resistance from students. While written reflections are popular, other self-reflection mediums should be investigated.

Innovation: Flipgrid by Microsoft, an online video response tool, was used in an elective course for self-reflection and student engagement. To assess the impact of Flipgrid on the student experience in the course, two cohorts of students were evaluated. Overall 96% of respondents reported satisfaction with Flipgrid as an educational tool, however engagement was not significantly increased over the use of written reflection.

Implications: The results of this pilot study suggest that Flipgrid appears to have potential as a self-reflection tool, but may not be a “magic-bullet” to increase student engagement. Recommendations and considerations for implementing Flipgrid into a course to facilitate student engagement are provided.

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Dates
Received 2020-06-11
Accepted 2020-08-15
Published 2020-12-02
Section
Education