“The act of playing a character was really fun–it sort of made all the repetitiveness of everyday life and everyday classroom experiences go away, while still allowing me to learn in-depth about a culture that's pretty different from my own. I would tell students to definitely try a Flip Learning textbook and simulation, especially if they find that traditional lecture/exam teaching methods don't really inspire them to learn more.”
"Public Speaking in the 21st Century is smart, engaging, irreverent, and funny – abounding with the requisite treatments of traditional public speaking and classical rhetoric, while absolutely electric with pop cultural examples ... I have never accessed classroom material that is this original and animated and fresh; never before have I wanted to 'Facebook quote' lines from a scholarly source!"
"Public Speaking in the 21st Century is fresh; definitely distinct from all of the books I've seen ... [and] shows great respect for students and a keen investment in their success."
"Public Speaking in the 21st Century is the most innovative textbook on the subject yet and also provides the only interactive teaching platform. Instructors will appreciate the ready-made textbook with all visuals, exercises, interactive teaching possibilities, and myriad assessment applications at their fingertips."
"Public Speaking in the 21st Century distinguishes itself among existing textbooks through its born digital format, as well as its fresh and riveting content. Houck celebrates the wells of life experience that each reader brings to the public speaking encounter, fostering connections to them through humor and an array of engaging examples borrowed from history, sports, politics, popular culture, and his own twenty-five years of teaching speech."
“The customizable features have been key to our success. There is uniformity in explanations of major assignments thanks to the video feature. We also have featured speakers from our annual public speaking contest represented in examples of quality speeches. This personalizes the text, and connects students to the work”
"Our experience with customization has been good. I'm very happy that my students don't have to buy a separate handbook for all of that material. I also love that I can fix and change things between semesters. That wasn't possible with a print manual that we used in the past"
"When it comes to my personal interactions with the Flip Learning team, my questions and concerns were immediately taken care of by members of the team very quickly"
“Flip Learning was a breath of fresh air...The text is accessible to students and many comment on actually enjoying the reading”
"Too many public speaking textbooks are stuck in the sediment of another age; thankfully, Davis Houck entices students to see the most quotidian of arts with new eyes, a vision made more engaging by Houck's incisive, gentle wisdom and spot-on sense of humor, and by Flip Learning's intuitive, engaging, and thoroughly student-centered learning platform."
"The animated introductions to philosophers and other material are a technical innovation that is educational as well as entertaining. The use of this kind of technology is engaging and provides a nice rationale for why an instructor might want to abandon their current textbook and embrace this one."
“This experience brings printed words to life, and by doing so, actively engages the student.”
“Ten students dug into their avatar character’s relevant primary sources in a way and to a degree that would have been highly unlikely had they just been given stacks of copies of primary sources.” Pilot Reviewer UNC at Chapel Hill
“One of the most intriguing features of the The American War: Featuring Valley Sim prototype are the avatars that allow students to think seriously about individuals in history. Instructors can use these avatars to humanize historical figures and enliven primary documents.”
“Exciting and more fast paced than the normal classroom”
“I was surprised at how involved everyone got into playing his or her character, and overall I will remember the information from the course better because it reinforced it and applied it to life.”
“I loved the hands on approach.”
“I think I comprehended the material a lot more by being able to change it.”
“Wow! I think this is an awesome learning experience for my students.”
“This was much more involved than simply reading the book.”
"Thanks to Flip Learning, we have the mobility to use the same text and features whether we are in a traditional face to face classrooms or a hybrid class. This has made it much easier to standardize our course, and to deliver the same course to students no matter which format they are in. The platform also allows individual instructors to use the features that make the most sense for them. In our classes, the quizzes are required, but the chat requirements vary. They are incredibly beneficial when we use them, and can often function as as replacement for in person instruction of the instructor has an emergency that requires their absence"