Being an Influencer: Either you are or you are not.

Influencing and changing vital behaviors about implementing technology to flip the classroom

Goal: To develop a plan that can foster problem solving by developing the student’s ability to take responsibility for their own learning with peer learning using the Think, Pair, Share method.


  1. Students will be able to solve situations that have no obvious solution.
  2. Students will be able to identify the exact problem that needs to be solved.
  3. Students will be able to choose the right direction to go in order to solve problems.
  4. Students will be able to choose between multiple solutions for the best answer.
  5. Students will be able to take ownership of solving problems in the lab.
  6. Students will be able to troubleshoot maintenance issues that arise with equipment in the lab.

When I started developing a plan to utilize the Think, Pair, Share method with implementing technology in the classroom to improve student’s problem solving ability, I knew that I would need to identify the way I would seek approval to accomplish this. The book Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change states “At the end of the day, what qualifies people to be called “leaders” is their capacity to influence others to change their behavior in order to achieve important results.” As I read further into the book I learn that it’s not about persuasion but about developing the behaviors to achieve better results. First we focus on the vital behaviors that will effectively impact our goal.

  1. Giving students practice with problem scenarios while in clinical.
  2. Give students convoluted problems while in class to work together with other students.
  3. Have students practice with two directional problems to learn the correct steps to use to solve problems.
  4. In class give students problem scenarios with multiple answers to work towards the best answer.
  5. Using Poll Everywhere in class that will allow students to utilize the flip, pair, share method.
  6. Using repetitive problem solving questions involving equipment to reinforce student’s ability to problem solve.

The results will be measured in weekly exams based on individual subjects in the first half of the last course and then the second half the students will be measured with MOC exams that will bring all subjects into one exam. The students will also be assessed using the think, pair, share method during class.

The influencers at Baptist Health College Little Rock are the Chancellor, and the Chancellors round table that includes the Allied Health Director, the Nursing Dean and Administration. The key to this plan working is getting the influencers at BHCLR to see the benefit to the students to using this new method.


Six Sources of Influence

Motivation Ability
Present to committee’s that student retention and passage rates are affected directly by increasing the student’s problem solving ability.


Does the Administration want to be the highest retention and passage rates in the country.

Educate administration on the think, pair, share method of teaching.


Practice with faculty coordinators using the think, pair, share method.


Show administration you do not have to be a computer expert to work with the new method.

Enlist faculty that want to use new methods to increase course outcomes.


Have those that have practiced using the new method send emails to the rest of the faculty as encouragement.


Have the backing administration show support in monthly department meetings.

Utilize the coordinators to conduct how to meetings on the think, pair, share method to small groups of faculty first to bring them on board.


Use practice classrooms for faculty and teach a lesson using the technology in a flipped classroom to show them how to use the software with flipping the classroom.

Remind faculty that retention and passage rates are a part of the yearly performance evaluations for pay raises.


Increased outcomes also increase applications that are also on the yearly pay evaluations.


Administration agrees to bonus if outcomes are above 95%.


IT checking compatibility of Poll Everywhere software with existing computer systems.


Stay updated with weekly emails and monthly department meeting feedback about successes or setbacks when using the software and flipping the classroom.


Yearly outcome reports that show the increase in problem solving using the think, pair, share method has increased outcomes.

We have to be mindful of culture busters or myths about technology and change as we move forward into this new culture of classroom teaching.

  1. The anti-mindset against new technology.
  2. The thought that using technology in the classroom is distracting.
  3. You have to be a computer expert to use it effectively.
  4. It always cost too much.
  5. Integrating new technology will not improve the student’s ability to learn.


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