background preloader

Active Learning Techniques

Facebook Twitter

Problem Based Learning (BPL)

The Hidden Costs of Active Learning -- Campus Technology. Viewpoint The Hidden Costs of Active Learning Flipped and active learning truly are a better way for students to learn, but they also may be a fast track to instructor burnout. By Thomas Mennella04/05/17 I am an active learning college instructor and I'm tired. I don't mean end-of-the-semester and need-some-sleep tired. A perfect convergence occurred in my professional life approximately four years ago. At the same time, I happened to hear about flipped learning, which had just bubbled up from K–12 to higher education.

In the past four years, I've guest-blogged on flipped learning, published on the topic and I've presented my model for flipped college courses regionally and nationally. That said, there are many days when I wish I'd never heard of flipped learning at all — times when I wish I actually could teach another way again. All of my flipped courses follow a very similar format. Higher education is currently in transition. About the Author. Six Things Faculty Can Do to Promote Student Engagement. Last week’s post encouraged us to reconsider what student engagement means and entails.

Today I’d like to explore just some of the things teachers can do to better promote it. I’m offering six ideas here and encourage you to add to the list. Redefine participation. Let it include more than verbal comments. Invite students to contribute electronically—with an email or post on the course website—with a question they didn’t ask in class, a comment they didn’t get to make, or a thought that came to them after class. Remind students that listening is also part of participation! Cultivate a teacher presence that invites engagement. Devote time to talk about learning—what it entails and why it’s important.

Give students a stake in the process. Design authentic assignments and learning experiences. Use cumulative quizzes, finals, and exams. . © Magna Publications. Sign up today and get articles like this one delivered right to your inbox. Engaging Students with Active Learning -- Campus Technology. Teaching & Learning Engaging Students with Active Learning By John K. Waters04/15/15 If you want to increase student interest in your class, add "extreme" to its title. That strategy worked for University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) professor Perry Samson, who more than doubled the number of students attending his meteorology class, "Weather and Climate," by renaming it "Extreme Weather. " But if your goal is to improve student outcomes, Samson says, employ active learning techniques, an approach that improved examination performance among his students by just under half a standard deviation.

"We went from about 40 students to more than 200," Samson told attendees at the recent CT Forum conference in Long Beach, CA. Samson, who is an Arthur F. The original version of LectureTools was developed to make large, introductory classes seem smaller and less intimidating to new instructors, Samson told Campus Technology. "It's not just video," he said. About the Author John K. 5 Roles that Modern Online Instructors Play for Effective E-Learning | E-Learning.

June.27.2016 By: Arunima Majumdar Technology-aided learning is predominantly self-driven or asynchronous. This gives the modern corporate learners flexibility to learn as per their schedules or emergent needs. But this does not entail that the role of the instructor in e-learning is diminished. Instructors have to impart knowledge – whether in a classroom or online scenario. The Role of a Tour-Guide: When visiting a new place, it is always nice to have a tour guide who shows you the sights and informs you of the necessary background.

The role of the instruction within e-learning is multifaceted and can be achieved through multiple ways and means. Arunima Majumdar is a sernior marketing consultant at G-Cube. 3 Ideas to Give Your Next eLearning Course Visual Oomph. What do you think is the first thing people would remember about your eLearning course’s screen, if suddenly asked? It should be no wonder that what they will put design on top of the list. But why does this happen? Although you may think that the information provided is much more important than the design, people are visual creatures, and they easily associate memories with colors, texture and images. If you want your eLearning course to create a long lasting impression, do not neglect the importance of an impactful design. Test one or all of these ideas to keep your eLearning courses looking fresh, engaging, and innovative. 1.

You can give your course design a modern feel by featuring flat design with minimal elements. In your next eLearning course, consider: Solid colors: Blue is a common choice for eLearning courses, because it is considered conservative and peaceful in the same time. Example: Volkswagen - Think Blue. Download: A free flat UI kit that you may use in your own project. 2. Simple Techniques for Applying Active Learning Strategies to Online Course Videos. From Web-enhanced face-to-face courses to MOOCs, flipped, blended, and fully online courses, videos are an integral component of today’s educational landscape—from kindergarten all the way through higher education.

But there’s a big difference between watching a video and learning something from it. Videos are great for presenting visual information and emotional appeals, but not particularly effective at diving below the surface of non-visual theoretical or abstract topics or for driving critical thinking. What’s more, any video presented in class must compete for attention and memory with the five-plus hours the typical student spends outside of class watching television programs, movies, and other onscreen entertainment.

(Nielsen, 2013) To help increase the educational effectiveness of an online course video, consider applying one or more of the following active learning strategies. 1. Video as guided lesson. A. Q. B. I. Ii. Iii. C. 2. A. B. I. Ii. Iii. Iv. 3. A. B. C. 4. B. C. Ready to Use Activities for Engaging Online Learning Sep2014. The Relationship between Participation and Discussion. October 22, 2014 By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog My interest in participation and discussion continues. How do we use them so that they more effectively promote engagement and learning? A couple of colleagues and I have been working on a paper that deals with how we define participation and discussion.

(Side note: If you want to challenge your thinking about an aspect of teaching and learning, consider focused conversations with colleagues and the purposefulness of a writing project. I have said it before and will likely say it again: We have so much to learn from and with each other.) One of the new insights that has come to me out of this collaboration involves the relationship between participation and discussion. I’m convinced the effectiveness of participation and discussion in classrooms and online would improve if we highlighted the connections between the two. Participation prepares students for discussion when we collect answers. Recent Trackbacks. Professors learn to adapt to today's students. Research: Using Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom -- Campus Technology. Research Research: Using Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom An active learning approach produces the same student learning outcomes in both flipped and nonflipped classrooms, according to new research from Brigham Young University (BYU).

In the flipped classroom model, students watch video lectures outside of class time and participate in active learning activities during class time. The approach has been growing in popularity, so researchers at BYU decided to test its effectiveness. They created two freshman biology classes, one that used the flipped model and one that didn't. The researchers concluded that the flipped classroom doesn't produce higher student learning outcomes than a nonflipped classroom when both use an active learning approach. "If you're not using a model with active learning already, then the flipped classroom is certainly a viable alternative," said Tyler Kummer, one of the authors of the study, in a prepared statement. About the Author. 6 Entertaining Games Made Entirely in Microsoft Excel. Excel — your friendly (and perhaps most dreaded) office tool.

But it's not just for spreadsheets anymore. Believe it or not, you can turn the data-analyzing, number-cruncher into one unbelievably cool game. The Microsoft software has a few secrets up its sleeve; many people have managed to design new games or recreate classics like Monopoly from its offerings. Below, we've highlighted six games made entirely in Microsoft Excel. Note: For most of these games, you'll need to enable macros. To do so, open up the game and click "Enable Macros. " You may have heard of the addicting game 2048 by Gabriele Cirulli. In 2048 two tiles of the same number can merge into a new tile that equals the total value of the two. The geniuses at Spreadsheet1.com built an Excel version that allows you to play the game, and track your moves to help analyze your strategy.

But what if you want to play this game and be discrete at work? To download this sneaky version, click here. 2. 3. 4. 3D Maze 5. 6.