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Attribution. Ready to Use Activities for Engaging Online Learning Sep2014. 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) To help increase the educational effectiveness of an online course video, consider applying one or more of the following active learning strategies. 1. A. Q. B. I. Ii. Iii. C. 2. A. B. Developing online learning activities for blended courses. Active learning in the classroom can increase student engagement and promote learning.

Developing online learning activities for blended courses

The online environment can also be used to create active learning opportunities for students that help them engage with challenging concepts or that provide self-assessment of self-reflection opportunities. Blended courses, those with online and face-to-face components, provide an opportunity to integrate the learning that is done online and in the classroom so that students can see clear connections between what they are doing in both environments.

Introducing an online activity in class and then providing feedback to the activity in class after the activity is completed can help “close the loop” of learning for students. The questions outlined below can help you think about the objectives of an online activity, the most appropriate technology for building it and how students will receive feedback and be assessed on their learning and work. How long should the learning take? Keep it simple. Active Learning Strategies. Memorization Strategies Crossword Compiler has everything you need to create great educational, professional, and fun crossword puzzles.

Active Learning Strategies

The program can make a vocabulary puzzle from your own words in seconds, or fill in one of the many supplied grid patterns from a word list. The teacher allows you to generate multiple-choice questions. Think Outside the Lecture: Strategies for Active Learning. On August 13, 2014, the Centre for Teaching and Learning will host a symposium on strategies for active learning in the classroom.

Think Outside the Lecture: Strategies for Active Learning

We invite all members of the university community to attend and to find out more about the various approaches to active learning in undergraduate classes. This symposium would be of interest to anyone looking for ways to increase student engagement in their course, but is particularly important for instructors considering blending (flipping) their course The day will feature: A keynote address from Dr. Active Learning Classroom. Active Learning Classroom. Design principles: Provide students with the ideal environment for collaborative learning.Put SMART Boards in the hands of students, not just the teacher.Design student tables to maximize interaction between group members and the SMART Boards without distracting from peer interactions.Network SMART Boards (SMART Sync) to allow for a variety of teaching/learning modes.

Active Learning Classroom

Reflections on our design and SMART Boards: SMART Boards are more powerful learning tools than they are powerful teaching tools, especially when used by a group.The act of getting up in front of a SMART Board and visibly manipulating items/documents/artifacts (as opposed to using a mouse or keyboard) offers unique and powerful learning opportunities.Technology often serves to isolate – that’s the nature of personal computing devices – but multi-touch, shared SMART Boards offer an opportunity to leverage the benefits of computer environments while in a group.

Room Design/Layout Student engagement is obvious in this environment. Georgianc.on. Laurier's Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) Teaching and Learning Experiences in Active Learning Classrooms at McGill: Highlights This video highlights how four McGill instructors in different disciplines have used the features of the ALC to engage students and promote active and collaborative learning.

Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs)

You may also wish to view the ALC Highlights video in HD. Please see our Documentary Videos for a more in-depth look at the courses profiled below. Active Learning Techniques. Active learning is… student centered more meaningful because context is relevant to students motivational because students are a part of the learning process accommodating of all student backgrounds regardless of age or ethnicity accommodating of many learning styles engaging measurable You and your environment can facilitate active learning by… greeting students as they enter asking them what they want to learn today pausing for participation creating a classroom that encourages flexibility providing non-threatening opportunities for everyone to participate giving students time to think when asking questions rearranging the class room or having a classroom that has the ability to be re-arranged rewarding students by thanking them for their participation and / or paraphrasing their words reducing anonymity (asking names, asking about previous experience in the library) drawing other students in the discussion allowing an informal time to answer questions at the end of the class.

Active Learning Techniques

Active Learning. New Active Learning Classroom The latest addition to the state-of-the-art Centre for Mediated Teaching and Learning (CMTL)'s facilities, the new LPR286 classroom is a step forward for the quality of services to students and professors at the University of Ottawa.

Active Learning

The new classroom will be an asset for active and collaborative learning: The room's configuration is set for different uses (small groups such as graduate courses; thesis defences, meetings of researchers, business meetings, etc.); The room is available to the entire university community; access is neither limited nor exclusive. Overview of the room. Active Learning Strategies. Active Learning - Resources. Active learning has been identified as one of the seven principles of good practice in undergraduate education (Chickering & Gamson, 1987).

Active Learning - Resources

For learning to be active, students must do more than listen, the must “read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. Most important, to be actively involved, students must engage in such higher order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.” Students must be doing things, and then thinking about why they are doing them. University of Toronto Online Learning Strategies. Laurie Harrison and Will Heikoop Hot off the press!

University of Toronto Online Learning Strategies

The Centre for Teaching & Learning. UBC Active Learning. Active learning activities. Following are various active learning activities that you might use in conjunction with the traditional lecture format. These activities are viable for classes of any size. Questions: Questions are the simplest form of interaction and can occur at any time during the lecture. By asking questions, you not only turn students into active participants, but you can also get a sense of their interest and comprehension.

You might try asking questions at strategic points or asking for comments or opinions about the subject. Vary the timing of your questions though to avoid creating a known pattern for students which can lull them into passivity. WALS - Western University. UK Object-based learning. Object-based learning Dodo bones, original manuscripts and Roman sandals are not just priceless treasures tucked away in UCL's museums and special collections; they are invaluable educational tools. With three museums open to the public, prized literary and art collections and a growing digital library at its disposal, UCL enjoys a unique position from which to promote object-based learning (OBL) in its teaching.

See how the curators from the specialist collections can help your teaching and research in this video: Using objects in teaching can develop core skills including team work, evidence-based learning and communication, as well as key research skills such as data collection and analysis, practical observation and drawing skills, literature review techniques and subject-specific knowledge. It can also trigger innovative dissertation topics. "OBL isn't just about objects; it's about teaching, too," he writes. Australia, UofQueensland Active learning pedagogies. Collaborative learning is an important component of active learning and sits within a community of inquiry theoretical framework.

It provides opportunities for a group of individuals to collaborate in purposeful critical discourse and reflection to construct personal meaning and confirm mutual understanding (Garrison & Cleveland-Innes). The following diagram explains key aspects of social presence, cognitive presence and teaching presence that make up an educational community of inquiry. Community of Inquiry Social presence is 'the ability of participants to identify with the community, communicate purposefully in a trusting environment' (Garrison, 2009) Active/Cooperative Learning References. References for Further Information 1. Chickering, A., and Gamson, Z. (1987) "Seven Principles for Good Practice," AAHE Bulletin, 39:3–7, ED 282 491, 6pp, MF-01; PC-01. 2.

Chickering, A., and Gamson, Z. (1987) "Seven Principles for Good Practice," AAHE Bulletin, 39:3–7, ED 282 491, 6pp, MF-01; PC-01. 3. 4. 5. BernieDodge Active Learning (old) As you integrate the Web into your teaching, you can begin with simple exercises like History Research on the Computer, an introduction to the use of the internet to locate primary and secondary source documents developed by James B. Ross at North Dakota State University. Physics 150 is organized around lectures punctuated by short active learning exercises which take place in the lecture hall.

The exercises are communicated by a single PowerPoint slide converted for use on the Web. Students can become worldwide publishers of their products, as in Cardboard Cognition, a compendium of educational board games developed in SDSU's EDTEC 670. Www.indiana.edu/~mathers/Tops.pdf. UofMinnesota Active Learning. Whereas higher education was once thought of as primarily a process of transmission (i.e., pouring knowledge into empty vessels), a growing body of research has made it clear that the overall quality of teaching and learning is improved when students have ample opportunities to clarify, question, apply, and consolidate new knowledge.

There are any number of teaching strategies that can be employed to actively engage students in the learning process, including group discussions, problem solving, case studies, role plays, journal writing, and structured learning groups. The benefits to using such activities are many.