Education innovator Lodge McCammon '99 to speak at MC

Sept. 5, 2012
Contact: Bonnie West, Division of Education Administrative Assistant
865.981.8109; bonnie.west@maryvillecollege.edu

“Flipping the Classroom: Reviving the Art of Teaching” is the title of a Sept. 18 presentation by Dr. Lodge McCammon, a Maryville College alumnus from the Class of 1999.

The presentation, which will be held from 4 until 5:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, is free and open to area educators with a reservation. It is being hosted by the MC Division of Education.

McCammon, a specialist in curriculum and contemporary media at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, began his career in education in 2003 at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C., where he taught civics and AP economics. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2003. In 2008, he earned his Ph.D. from N.C. State University, where he focused on curriculum development, specifically creating and using standards-based music to teach science and math. He continued his work there by developing innovative practices and sharing them with students, teachers and schools.

McCammon developed a teaching and professional development process called FIZZ, which encourages and models best practices in implementing user-generated video and online publishing in the classroom to enhance standards-based lessons. Central to his ideas is what he calls "flipping the classroom,” in which traditional lecture is removed from class; instead, the teacher uses video lectures that can be viewed by students at any time, freeing up class time that can be used for collaboration, active learning and problem solving, according to McCammon.

“I became interested in the ‘flipped classroom’ model after presenting new curriculum that I developed for teachers,” McCammon said. “Many teachers told me they would like to implement these lessons with their students but had to spend most of their class time lecturing in order to cover the content of the course. ‘Flipping the classroom’ is a teaching method that solves this problem by removing the lecture - providing time for the innovative, collaborative and engaging lessons that increase student success.”

Dr. Rebecca Lucas, associate professor of elementary education, said she learned about McCammon’s work by accident. While searching for resources for her EDU302: Educational Technology course, she came across the work being done at the Friday Institute.

“Upon closer examination, I discovered that Dr. Lodge McCammon of the Friday Institute was our own Lodge McCammon,” Lucas said. “I immediately contacted him and asked him to tell me more about his program. He sent links to the ‘flipped classroom’ and music in the classroom projects. I have been talking about his work in EDU302 for a couple of years.

“The idea of flipping the classroom has become very hot in education over the last several years,” Lucas continued. “Lodge has a very creative approach that is low-cost and easy to master. The strategy is one that all teachers (K-12 and higher ed) can implement with very little tech expertise or financial investment.”

McCammon, who is also a studio composer who writes standards-based songs about advanced curriculum for K-12 classrooms (with supporting materials), said MC provided a strong foundation for him.

“The close-knit community of Maryville College offered me a powerful and personalized education,” he said. “The professors, students and administration fostered a 'home' that was a necessary foundation for becoming a national education leader. The Maryville College experience gave me a platform to leverage my talents in order to work toward transforming teaching and learning so that all students can achieve success.”

For more information or to find user-generated videos and songs, please visit McCammon’s project website: http://www.fi.ncsu.edu/fizz.

To make a reservation to attend the presentation, please contact Bonnie West at 865.981.8109 or bonnie.west@maryvillecollege.edu.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state’s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.