NOTE: For some reason I edited the question halfway through the students' responses so there are two wedges for "BETTER"...basically the green and light-blue sections are identical (combined 47.1%)
As you probably know, most flipping teachers get to know their students a lot better than traditional colleagues! The year-end survey mostly validated my presumptions, concerns, and observations, as did the similar survey that I collected and blogged about in 2015.
For the open-response questions, I will start by showing some of the positive comments that answered the survey question "What did you like the best about the video/quiz homework system?" because if you don't have enough time to read this entire blog post then you will think my class is totally terrific! Haha
However, it's the critical feedback that helps the most. I also asked "What did you like the LEAST about the video/quiz homework system?" A handful of responders said something like "there was nothing I didn't like." I hope they were being honest. The actual criticism seemed to fall in several categories, with varying levels of importance.
Some students wanted more words on the screen:
Other students addressed the issue of who makes the video:
This is a valid point, I think. At a FlipCon16 panel this month, a former student was asked about seeing the teacher's face on videos: "It depends on the teacher." Hah! Occasionally the professionals do a much better job than we possibly could manage, but usually it's our job to produce the content.
I received three comments about proper video length:
A few students complained about the effort my class required.
The other three comments also don't bother me, and they will not inspire any changes. That is exactly how mastery learning is supposed to work! I understand the contrast between scanning a textbook page vs. learning from a video lesson, and I intend to address that linear/non-linear distinction in another blog post. Meanwhile, moving on....
These two students gave me a crucial lesson about changing formats:
Finally, a few critics had cogent arguments about their ability to follow-up on the video lessons.
Remember: even in the classroom, some students' questions will be missed because of their personal shyness, the Hermione Granger know-it-alls that dominate the conversation, the end-of-period bell, etc. Still it's an issue worth remembering and anticipating for new flippers. It's also one of the reasons why I have always given 2 or 3 nights for every video HW assignment.