Flipgrid is a tool; and like any tool, its value depends on how it is used. My colleagues and I used Flipgrid to support and encourage self-explanation. We conducted a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project in which students responded to discussion questions either on Flipgrid or online in a written form. Overall, students who responded to questions using Flipgrid scored better on exams and significantly better on exam three compared to students who answered the same questions in a written format. It is likely that using Flipgrid encouraged self-explanation and decreased cognitive load. Students in the Flipgrid condition may have been less concerned with grammar than students in the written condition. It is also possible that Flipgrid encouraged a more active learning environment and increased metacognition.
Currently, we are running a second iteration of the study and have several new experimental and SoTL projects in the works! Flipgrid is simple to use, and when combined with evidence-based practices, it can have a positive impact on learning!