TLTC Summer Series
May 25, 2010
What is active learning?
Why use active learning?
Active learning techniques and examples
Active learning on campus
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?
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
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…
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
Meyers and Jones (1993)
Bonwell and Eison (1991)
Chickering and Gamson (1987)
Identified elements of active learning
“elements involve cognitive activities that allow students to clarify, question, consolidate, and appropriate new knowledge”
Talking and listening
Describe characteristics of active learning
Focus is on developing skills
Focus on higher order thinking (analysis, synthesis, evaluation)
Students are reading, discussing, writing
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
Bonwell, C., & Eison, J. (1991). Active learning:
Creating excitement in the classroom . ASHE-
ERIC 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.
(Work with a partner to determine which percentages match these teaching practices)
Discussion = ?
Lecturing = ?
Teaching others = ?
Reading = ?
Practice by Doing = ?
Audio-Visual = ?
Demonstrations = ?
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.
Collaborative learning groups
Student-led review sessions
Analysis or reactions to videos
Student generated exam questions
Research proposals or projects
Analyze case studies
It would be nice to know, during my lecture, if students understood the concepts.
I could use a blog or discussion board as a quick check to see if students have understood what they have read before class.
Active learning continues outside the classroom.
Students post explanations of concepts to further explore concepts that are presented in class readings .
Students can reply to postings to add a discussion of the concepts.
Students read class material and work with concepts more than taking notes.
Students interact with one another to enrich their learning experience.
Students think about the connections between class examples and concepts in the text.
Students add examples to clarify concepts in everyday terms.
Gives students a place to explore questions they have about concepts and class readings.
Useful way for students to “correct” misunderstandings of concepts for classmates.
Chemistry and Physics
Historical Method 204
Introduction to Environmental Studies
IGG Fall 2009
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.
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.
Wikis are online spaces where students can collaborate on projects or upload their own work for class projects.
It would be necessary for students to meet to work on group projects that would be uploaded to the wiki.
Nature and American Values
BITE5389 Web 2.0 Technologies & Virtual
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
Ideas and Trends wiki
South Mountain Reforestation
Politics and Technology Course
PowerPoint Twitter Tools
Brainstorm active learning ideas for your classroom individually, or in groups
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