This is the abstract of Revisiting the flipped classroom in a design context by Coyne, Lee & Petrova.

After explaining our experience with a flipped classroom model of learning, we argue that the approach brings to light the dramaturgical and mediatized aspects of learning experiences that favour a closer connection between recorded content and “live” presentation by the lecturer. We adopted the flipped classroom approach to learning and teaching in a class of over 100 postgraduate level university students, some learning at a distance, and run over two successive years. This article describes the format of the lecture recordings, class activities and assessment method. We also describe the outcome of course evaluation, and present what we learned from the process.

I looked up the meaning of dramaturgical and mediatization and yet I'm still struggling with what is meant starting from dramaturgical to the end of the sentence. Your explanation would be much appreciated.

Merriam Webster lists these definitions for mediatize:

transitive verb

1- to bring (a prince or state) down to the rank of mediate vassal from that of immediate vassal of the Holy Roman Empire : annex (a state) to another a mediatized prince — Cyril Connolly

2- to put into a middle or intermediate position : make instrumental or subordinate

intransitive verb

1- to act as mediator

2- to become a mediate vassal of the Holy Roman Empire

none of these definitions could help me figure out what for God's sake these mediatized aspects could be. To me, dramaturgical is less troublesome as it seems to mean relating to the techniques of drama but then again what does play making have to do with a flipped classroom model of learning? And yes I understand what flipped classroom is. I FEEL LOST

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    What definitions did you find that seemed closest to fitting? Aug 23, 2017 at 5:41
  • Nothing different than their dictionary definitions.
    – LawrenceC
    Aug 23, 2017 at 13:02
  • Welcome to ELL Sara. Is it the words that are causing a problem or the end of the sentence that they're in that is hard to understand? Would you explain a little bit more why the dictionary didn't help? Do you understand "brings to light"?
    – ColleenV
    Aug 23, 2017 at 15:10
  • I think they mean the students act like TV presenters and actors? Flipped? Reversing the role of teacher and student? But I have to say, it doesn't make much sense to me.
    – Lambie
    Feb 8, 2018 at 23:34
  • I agree with @Lambie. I'd say this bit of a definition from Oxford would be more useful: "By extension: rendered subject to the controlling influence of the mass media." The important thing to realize here is that the root of mediatize is "medium," which has multiple meanings. "Dramaturgy" is a pretty pretentious kind of word for anything having to do with acting and theater. Feb 9, 2018 at 1:22

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Elsewhere in that paper:

In further dramatising the lecture, it brings the “mediatization” [...] of professional life evident in the digital age yet again into sharp relief.

So I guess "mediatized" is being used to mean "made to be like the digital entertainment media". They are talking about treating teaching as a staged or broadcast drama.

(Unfortunately, my pretentious-academic-jargon filters clogged up before I could read much more of the paper.)

  • I'm wondering why they spelled "dramatising" with an s but "mediatization" with a z. Seems to me like they're failing at their own pretentiousness. Can't they even decide whether they want to use AmE or BrE spelling? Feb 9, 2018 at 1:25

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