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TLTC Summer Series May 25, 2010
Workshop materials http://zedeck.wordpress.com/active-learning/
What is active learning? Why use active learning? Active learning techniques and examples Active learning on campus
Jack Shannon Michael Taylor Dyknow demonstration
Final Activity Brainstorm active learning ideas Blackboard 9.1 Wiki
For a minute or two, think of a lecture that has always stayed with you
Share your ideas with the class using this link: http://bit.ly/b18TvV (Shared Google Document)
Now, think of a learning experience that you had at sometime that was not a lecture, that you have always recalled. Why has it stayed with you?
What did you learn?
What is Active Learning?
How would you define active learning?
What characterizes active learning and makes it different from inactive learning?
Multi-directional learning experience in which learning occurs teacher-to-student
Involves students doing things
thinking about what
they are doing reflecting about their experiences in some fashion (most often including writing)
Can occur in many forms whole class, teams, small groups, trios, pairs, or
individuals talking, writing, reading, discussing, role-playing, acting, journaling, conferring, interviewing, building, creating…
Why Use Active Learning?
Research shows that… students prefer active learning over
lecture alone students master content at levels comparable to lecturing students master thinking and writing skills at levels higher than lecturing student learning styles are better served by active learning vs. lecturing
A Sampling of Researchers Meyers
and Jones (1993) Bonwell and Eison (1991) Chickering and Gamson (1987)
Meyers and Jones (1993) Identified elements of active learning “elements involve cognitive activities that allow students to clarify, question, consolidate, and appropriate new knowledge”
Talking and listening Reading Writing
Bonwell and Eison (1991)
Describe characteristics of active learning Focus is on developing skills Focus on higher order thinking (analysis,
synthesis, evaluation) Students are reading, discussing, writing
Chickering and Gamson (1987)
Found that students Must talk about and through their learning Write about their learning Be able to and be encouraged to relate it to
previous experiences Apply it to their daily lives
References Bonwell, C., & Eison, J. (1991). Active learning: Creating excitement in the classroom. ASHEERIC Higher education Report No. 1. Washington, DC: The George Washington University, School of Education and Human Development. Chickering, A., Gamson, Z. (1987). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin 39 (7), 3-7. Meyers, C., & Jones, T. (1993). Promoting active learning: Strategies for the college classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
How much is retained? (Work with a partner to determine which percentages match these teaching practices)
Discussion = ? Lecturing = ? Teaching others = ? Reading = ? Practice by Doing = ? Audio-Visual = ? Demonstrations = ?
5% 10% 20% 30% 50% 75% 90%
Learning Retention Pyramid
Benefits of Active Learning
Students stay awake.
Students participate in their educational experience.
Students can interact with the course material.
Students can collaborate with other students to explore course material.
Techniques of Active Learning
Think-Pair-Share Collaborative learning groups Student-led review sessions Games Analysis or reactions to videos Student debates Student generated exam questions Research proposals or projects Analyze case studies Keeping journals/blogs
Question 1 It
would be nice to know, during my lecture, if students understood the concepts. True False
Question 2 I
could use a blog or discussion board as a quick check to see if students have understood what they have read before class. True
Blogs, Forums, and/or Discussion Boards Active learning continues outside the classroom.
Students read class material and work with concepts more than taking notes.
Students interact with one another to enrich their learning experience.
Students post explanations of concepts to further explore concepts that are presented in class readings.
Students think about the connections between class examples and concepts in the text.
Gives students a place to explore questions they have about concepts and class readings.
Students can reply to postings to add a discussion of the concepts.
Students add examples to clarify concepts in everyday terms.
Useful way for students to “correct” misunderstandings of concepts for classmates.
Chemistry and Physics
Dickinson Blogs Luce Semester Homer’s Iliad
Historical Method 204
SHU Blogs Introduction to Environmental Studies IGG Fall 2009
Blog/Forum/DB Benefits Give faculty insight into how students are understanding class material. Faculty can clarify misunderstandings in the following class. Students have to read some of the course material to be able to post. Students have other people, other than the course instructor, from whom they can learn and question. Students have to actively consider the conceptual meanings to be able to express them in writing.
Question 3 It
would not be effective to have separate groups be responsible for posting concepts, for specifically assigned chapters, to limit the number of blog or discussion board postings in large classes. True False
Wikis are online spaces where students can collaborate on projects or upload their own work for class projects.
Question 4 It
would be necessary for students to meet to work on group projects that would be uploaded to the wiki. True False
Higher-Ed Wikis Nature and American Values BITE5389 Web 2.0 Technologies & Virtual
Teams Cariology Project
Active Learning and Technology Summary Activities in and outside of class create a more active learning environment for students to master course material.
• Students explore class concepts and apply them to real world situations • Students can discuss class material, blog and query about class concepts in postings, and collaboratively complete class assignments
Active learning can occur through in class activities.
• These can be accomplished with interactive technology, among other means
Active learning can also occur through assigned activities in which students interact with each other outside of class.
• Active learning outside of the class occurs through written communication technology activities • Technology allows students to peer review classmates’ or group members’ work to more easily allow revisions before final submission of work
Jack Shannon Ideas and Trends wiki
Michael Taylor South Mountain Reforestation Politics and Technology Course PowerPoint Twitter Tools
Final Activity Brainstorm active learning ideas for your classroom individually, or in groups http://setonhalltest.blackboard.com
Username: your shortname Password: active