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How to Build an Active Learning Program -- Campus Technology

How to Build an Active Learning Program -- Campus Technology | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Rather than focus on the technology itself, Sparrow advised, ask, "What do you want students to be able to do at the end of this course? What challenges are you currently facing? If we start with technology as the solution, we are going to get to the wrong answer," she said. "Start with what students need to know and do first, and how technology might fit. Sometimes it is as simple as a whiteboard or an overhead projector. If that is the technology that gets students to talk and share the kinds of problems they are solving in their class and teach those to other students, then that is the appropriate technology."
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Cutting-Edge Student-Centric Classrooms Handle Many Pedagogies at Drexel -- Campus Technology

Cutting-Edge Student-Centric Classrooms Handle Many Pedagogies at Drexel -- Campus Technology | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Two reconfigured classrooms are facilitating student collaboration and providing flexible options for teaching and learning.
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Active Learning in the Online Classroom: Examples and Ideas

Active Learning in the Online Classroom: Examples and Ideas | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Someone recently told me that they heard of an approach where all the boring content delivery lecture material is put online so that more active learning can take place in the classroom. They then asked me if this was the best approach for online learning? What they were describing is blended learning or the “flipped” classroom approach. Good blended classrooms have a significant amount of active learning. The active learning philosophies need not only occur in the classroom however. There are ways to leverage the online space to include active learning. Active learning is basically any part of the course that involves active “interaction” instead of just passive tasks. It engages learners into activities that help them clarify, investigate, apply, create and integrate knowledge. Consider the human-factor: any types of human interactions such as Learner-to-Learner or Learner-to-TeachingTeam qualify. However, learners can also interact with their physical or virtual environment and that can be active. Just because you have an online course, it doesn’t mean you have to design learning activities that only involve reading web-pages or textbooks all day. Here’s a list of ideas, across four categories, for active learning online:


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Tim Boileau's curator insight, March 11, 7:58 AM

Nice! A pragmatic list of instructional strategies to increase learner engagement in virtual learning spaces.

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Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class - Brilliant or Insane

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class - Brilliant or Insane | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
How deep is your commitment to reflective practice?

Do you maintain a reflective journal? Do you blog? Do you capture and archive your reflections in a different space?

Do you consistently reserve a bit of time for your own reflective work? Do you help the learners you serve do the same?

I began creating dedicated time and space for reflection toward the end of my classroom teaching career, and the practice has followed me through my work at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio. I’ve found that it can take very little time and yet, the return on our investment has always been significant.

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Darrington Lee's curator insight, March 7, 9:36 PM

I feel that it is generally important to reflect on one self after taking a lesson, this ensures we are learning on the right track and doesn't "fall off" the topic. Reflection keep us calm and collected, so we can stand back straight up even after a failure to accomplish something. This gives us a never ending space to improve and beyond than just learning, but also to persevere, take responsibility in one's learning and also to excel in things we do.

Sue Alexander's curator insight, March 9, 1:54 PM

Reflection...don't leave class without it!

Ann-Lois Edström's curator insight, March 10, 12:52 PM

Att reflektera över sin undervisning och hjälpa eleverna att också göra det. Jättebra frågor!

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Tech Tools of the Flipped Classroom

Tech Tools of the Flipped Classroom | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
To flip your class, there are certain technology tools teachers need to master.  These fit into the following four categories Video Creation Tools:  There are a variety of Video Creation ...

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, February 18, 7:30 PM

I like the list of Windows/Mac and apps for creating videos and adding interactivity to videos

mediafrance's curator insight, February 21, 11:03 AM

Infos über alle Tools, die es zur Realisierung eines Flipped Classrooms braucht!

 

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How to go beyond the basics of Flipped Learning - eCampus News ~ by Bridget McCrea

How to go beyond the basics of Flipped Learning - eCampus News ~ by Bridget McCrea | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Often thought of as an instructional method whereby students watch online instructional videos at home and come to class prepared to do “homework,” Flipped Learning has come a long way since its origins in 2007. The concept has since evolved to include myriad instructional methods that take the basic concept and go further in method to turn traditional higher educational learning models on their heads.

“Professors are starting out with basic classroom ‘flips,’ and then moving into deeper learning pedagogies,” said Jon Bergmann, chief learning officer at FlippedClass.com and a pioneer of the innovative teaching concept, “including deeper project-based learning and flipped mastery models (i.e., where students prove that they learned a specific concept and then independently move onto a new module).”

"While Bergmann still sees the original “view video at home, do homework in class” model as a good starting point for new Flipped Learning adopters, he says educators are helping students interact with those videos and gain understanding from them. “It’s not just about assigning a video and hoping that the class watches it,” says Bergmann. “It’s about getting to the next level and truly engaging students in class, and in a way that positively impacts the learning experience.”

"Here’s how three different professors have used Flipped Learning to achieve that goal:"

 

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Good descriptions of what the professors are doing as well as a number of helpful videos.


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Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science

Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Hundreds of students fill the seats, but the lecture hall stays quiet enough for everyone to hear each cough and crumpling piece of paper. The instructor speaks from a podium for nearly the entire 80 minutes. Most students take notes. Some scan the Internet. A few doze.

In a nearby hall, an instructor, Catherine Uvarov, peppers students with questions and presses them to explain and expand on their answers. Every few minutes, she has them solve problems in small groups. Running up and down the aisles, she sticks a microphone in front of a startled face, looking for an answer. Students dare not nod off or show up without doing the reading.

Both are introductory chemistry classes at the University of California campus here in Davis, but they present a sharp contrast — the traditional and orderly but dull versus the experimental and engaging but noisy. Breaking from practices that many educators say have proved ineffectual, Dr. Uvarov’s class is part of an effort at a small but growing number of colleges to transform the way science is taught.

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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow.


"While I understand there’s a LOT more to research than just Googling, it’s important to note that this is where nearly all students start their research. Therefore, it’s a critical skill if they’re going to start down the right paths.


"Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers."


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:30 PM

Excellent lessons. Must be used.

Deborah Fillman's curator insight, December 15, 2014 8:47 PM

This is a pet peeve of mine--schools are still not teaching kids how to do this properly, with disastrous results. Whether you homeschool or send a child to school, these lessons will help them use the Internet more effectively (and responsibly) for research projects. 

Tanyam's curator insight, February 23, 5:10 PM

I have not read all of this, but I have seen some ideas in here we could use in both our face to face and online teaching. Interesting to read the criteria Google use to evaluate resources

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74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator (infographic) -

74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator (infographic) - | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
  Infographic courtesy of PBS Learning Media.
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Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning

Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Inquiry-based learning is not a new pedagogy, but it has come back into fashion in progressive education circles recently because of new emphasis on the power of students’ innate curiosity to drive learning. Inquiry-based learning asks students to discover knowledge on their own with guidance from their teachers. Rather than receiving information up front through lectures, students research guiding questions, ask their own follow-ups and get help along the way.
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Activating STEM Lessons With Project-Based Learning (and Zombies) ~ Education Week

Activating STEM Lessons With Project-Based Learning (and Zombies) ~ Education Week | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

by Karla Duff

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"Incorporating student choice and project-based learning into the curriculum better engages students and helps them take ownership of their learning, middle-grades educator Karla Duff writes. In this commentary, she shares six tips for developing student-driven projects, as well as online resources and ideas from her zombie-based geography unit."


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Differentiated Instruction Visually Explained for Teachers [Infographic] | Coaching

Differentiated Instruction Visually Explained for Teachers [Infographic] | Coaching | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/

 


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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Check out these important strategies for creating an inclusive learning space that also challenges students with rigorous thinking and projects.
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ASound advice for teachers at at levels - K-20...

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Digital storytelling handbook

This handbook is a product of the Digital Commonwealth project which sought to facilitate a creative response to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the handbook is designed to be of use to a wider range of individuals, community groups and third sector organisations interested in using digital media (blogs, audio, video and social media) to tell their stories. Please use and share!

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To Flip or Not to Flip Your Classroom

To Flip or Not to Flip Your Classroom | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A teacher talks about his experience when he flipped his classroom. He thinks the question is not whether to flip, but when you should flip your classroom.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, February 5, 4:32 PM

The instructor uses the following tools in his flipped class: Snagit, LearningpodPolldaddy, Todaysmeet, Padlet, or Voicethread


He also provides 5 recommendations, with the first one, the best: Start Slowly-start with a lesson-not a whole class!

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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?

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How to go beyond the basics of Flipped Learning - eCampus News

How to go beyond the basics of Flipped Learning - eCampus News | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
How three different educators are going beyond basic flips with innovative strategies for flipped learning.

 

his is not your mother’s Flipped Learning.

 

Often thought of as an instructional method whereby students watch online instructional videos at home and come to class prepared to do “homework,” Flipped Learning has come a long way since its origins in 2007. The concept has since evolved to include myriad instructional methods that take the basic concept and go further in method to turn traditional higher educational learning models on their heads.

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MIT Researchers: Crowdsourced Outlines Improve Learning from Videos -- Campus Technology

MIT Researchers: Crowdsourced Outlines Improve Learning from Videos -- Campus Technology | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are using crowd-sourced conceptual outlines to help learners get more out of educational videos.

The outlines can work as navigation tools, so that "viewers already familiar with some of a video's content can skip ahead, while others can backtrack to review content they missed the first time around," according to a news release from MIT.

"That addresses one of the fundamental problems with videos," said Juho Kim, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science and one of the paper's co-authors, in a prepared statement. "It's really hard to find the exact spots that you want to watch. You end up scrubbing on the timeline carefully and looking at thumbnails. And with educational videos, especially, it's really hard, because it's not that visually dynamic. So we thought that having this semantic information about the video really helps."
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Outrageous Acts of Science

Outrageous Acts of Science | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The internet is an extensive archive of people doing downright amazing things. Outrageous Acts of Science highlights the cream of the crop.
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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.

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heather bell's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:22 PM

Adding to our thinking around UDL and the opportunities we create for learning in our classrooms

Stacy Esch's curator insight, December 19, 2014 11:08 AM

Interesting. I wonder how many of these need to be taught in college?

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, December 29, 2014 4:50 PM

Great list!

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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

by Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams

 

"When the subject of the flipped class comes up, many educators see how it applies to academic subjects like math and science education, but don't realize that the methodology has applications in a wide array of other classes. According to a survey of 2358 teachers by the Flipped Learning Network and Sophia Learning (PDF, 1.2MB), 33 percent of those teachers who are flipping their classes are math teachers, 38 percent are science teachers, and 23 percent teach English language arts and social studies. But can you flip the other subjects? Can you flip an elementary classroom? The answer is a resounding yes.

"To flip the non-flippable classes, teachers need to ask this key question: What is the best use of my face-to-face time with students? Since every teacher has a specified amount of time with his or her students per week, we must consider how to maximize that class time. The answer to this question will be vastly different for an elementary teacher compared to a middle school PE teacher compared to a high school English teacher. Though there is no one way to answer this question, there is a "wrong" answer: information dissemination. Lower-level cognitive information should be moved out of the group space and into the individual space where students can consume data at their own pace and interact with the content in a manner that meets their individual needs. And as teachers answer this question, their class will be transformed into a center of learning where students are applying, analyzing, and creating content, rather than simply acquiring information."


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Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 9, 2014 3:10 PM

This article and video help instructors figure out how to best "flip" their course, regardless of subject matter or grade level. Any flippers out there care to share their experiences?

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Designed to Engage (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Designed to Engage (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The future of higher education is more than a digital replica of yesterday's campus or even today's classroom. The building blocks of our future higher education institutions are physical and virtual; they are human and technological. By combining these capabilities—the best of both the traditional (the campus) and the digital (computing), we can build colleges and universities that are designed to engage, thus bringing us closer to achieving the mission and goals of higher education.
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How to Create Interactive YouTube Videos - YouTube

A quick overview on how to create an interactive video for you classroom. A great way to boost classroom engagement and rigor through YouTube.

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Suzanne Ryan's curator insight, October 26, 2014 5:26 PM

Can't wait to have a play with this...

MarkCapecchi's curator insight, October 26, 2014 8:27 PM

This can greatly enhance the music classroom!

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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Over the next twenty years the earth is predicted to add another two billion people. Having nearly exhausted nature’s ability to feed the planet, we now need to discover a new food system. The global climate will continue to change. To save our coastlines, and maintain acceptable living conditions for more than a billion people, we need to discover new science, engineering, design, and architectural methods, and pioneer economic models that sustain their implementation and maintenance. Microbiological threats will increase as our traditional techniques of anti-microbial defense lead to greater and greater resistances, and to thwart these we must discover new approaches to medical treatment, which we can afford, and implement in ways that incite compliance and good health. The many rich and varied human cultures of the earth will continue to mix, more rapidly than they ever have, through mass population movements and unprecedented information exchange, and to preserve social harmony we need to discover new cultural referents, practices, and environments of cultural exchange. In such conditions the futures of law, medicine, philosophy, engineering, and agriculture – with just about every other field – are to be rediscovered.

Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster. The good news is, some people are working on it.

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This ceraiinly seems to be a rationale for investigating more effective ways of fostering learning.  It could be suggested that the only core skills we all need are:

 

- the capacity to learn and relearn,

- the capacity to determine what learning is required,

- the ability to assist others with learning and

-  resilience to see that through the inevitable challenges that arise when we breach the limits of our comfort zone.

One wonders if national education policies and national curricula are fully supportive of this requisite shift in focus?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 17, 2014 10:03 PM

This is an interesting article which points out that School is not meeting the needs today and is not likely to meet the needs of tomorrow without substantial change.

 

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Lee SCHLENKER's curator insight, October 18, 2014 3:35 AM

Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a global disaster.

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Teacher tools for creating quizzes or polls | Listly List

Free tools or websites that teachers can create or share quizzes and polls. Please add your recommendations. | Interact | Create A Quiz, Learningpod, ExamTime Quizzes, Socrative | Student Response System, Google Forms + Flubaroo, Joomla Quiz Deluxe, Learning Management System (LMS), course management software for e-Learning, web-based online training platform, Moodle, Testmoz, and PollEverywhere
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A useful list of free tools available for polling activities.

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