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The Hidden Costs of Active Learning. Viewpoint.

The Hidden Costs of Active Learning

Six Things Faculty Can Do to Promote Student Engagement. Last week’s post encouraged us to reconsider what student engagement means and entails.

Six Things Faculty Can Do to Promote Student Engagement

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. Engaging Students with Active Learning. Teaching & Learning Engaging Students with Active Learning By John K.

Engaging Students with Active Learning

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. " "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.

5 Roles that Modern Online Instructors Play for Effective E-Learning. June.27.2016 By: Arunima Majumdar Technology-aided learning is predominantly self-driven or asynchronous.

5 Roles that Modern Online Instructors Play for Effective E-Learning

This gives the modern corporate learners flexibility to learn as per their schedules or emergent needs. 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?

3 Ideas to Give Your Next eLearning Course Visual Oomph

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: 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.

Simple Techniques for Applying Active Learning Strategies to Online Course Videos

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) 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.

The Relationship between Participation and Discussion

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’m convinced the effectiveness of participation and discussion in classrooms and online would improve if we highlighted the connections between the two. Professors learn to adapt to today's students. Research: Using Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom. 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).

Research: Using Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom

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. Brain exercise games. 6 Entertaining Games Made Entirely in Microsoft Excel. Excel — your friendly (and perhaps most dreaded) office tool.

6 Entertaining Games Made Entirely in Microsoft Excel

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.

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.