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Large Lecture Classes | Center for Teaching and Learning

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Some useful steps to incorporate active learning techniques into large lecture classes.

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Strategies for more effective student-centred, authentic engagement in the higher education context
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A Field Guide for Disrupting the 21st-Century Classroom

A Field Guide for Disrupting the 21st-Century Classroom | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Here are some ways to disrupt the 21st-century classroom to achieve higher engagement, deeper learning, and better outcomes for all.
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Next Generation Learning: Bringing Student Agency Back to Schooling

Next Generation Learning: Bringing Student Agency Back to Schooling | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In hiring, a recent study of over 1,000 CEOs indicates that above all they seek candidates who are "collaborative, communicative, creative, and flexible."
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Beyond Engagement: Making School Personal — The Synapse — Medium

Beyond Engagement: Making School Personal - The Synapse - Medium

Engagement matters, but we have to think beyond engagement. — David Price 


A group of colleagues who recently attended the ASB Unplugged conference assembled a thoughtful reflection document upon their return. Two connected statements stood out for me: “The debate is over” … “Technology is a given.” It may be overly-simplistic to think that these perspectives really are a given. No aspect of learning has more apologists than the field of educational technology. My colleagues are right, of course: most educators have moved beyond the debate. If this is the case, what comes next? 


I subscribe to David Price’s conviction that learning should be about moving beyond engagement. There is obviously a more ambitious goal for our students than engagement alone. Ultimately, what are young people going to do with the things we engage them in? I would suggest that if the answer to this question is not something compelling, we should encourage our young people to stay home and surf the internet, travel, sleep or read a good book. As Price suggests, “This is why great educators want their students to think like scientists, engineers, artists — being engaged is just the first, though necessary, step in being ready for the world of work.”

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Wikipedia beats Google, parents as study tool: expert

Wikipedia beats Google, parents as study tool: expert | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A survey by online tutors YourTutor.com.au has revealed that in 1200 households with children aged 5 to 18, 84 per cent of children turn to Google or their parents when asking for help. This is despite expert opinion that parents helping with homework can hinder kids’ learning progress and development of autonomy, and questions about the reliability of the sources with which Google deluges children.


More than 90 per cent of high school students turn to help when they get stuck on a specific question or task, not when they are just researching. Jack Goodman, founder and chief executive of YourTutor, conceded that while Google is a great research tool, it often doesn’t provide the specific answers to what students are asking. Also, parents’ recollection of knowledge from their schooling days is more or less out of date, he said. And answers that Google provides are often unreliable.


“Most people don’t think about the fact that Google is the single largest advertising website in the world by a factor of [many, many] thousands,” Goodman told Education Review. “The vast majority of students when they look at Google are looking at thousands and thousands of ads every single day.


“Google is promoting all sorts of unreliable information on a regular basis and students click on those [links] unwittingly and are guided to services that aren’t necessarily reflective of the query that they have asked. It’s really important to understand the authority of a website, the reliability, to look at any independent reviews or testimonials and to consider every website with a critical eye.”


In contrast, Goodman explained that Wikipedia is a good tool for students to gain background knowledge of a subject. Students shouldn’t reference Wikipedia, Goodman said, but can use the references listed at the end of one its articles as a starting point for research.

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Research | Project Based Learning | BIE

Research | Project Based Learning | BIE | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

A useful collection of links to research output around project-based learning.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 17, 2:36 PM

Resources for project based learning to engage your learners. Useful!

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Bring Google's '20% time' to your classroom with passion-based learning

Bring Google's '20% time' to your classroom with passion-based learning | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Teacher Adam Schoenbart gives his students an hour a week to pursue a topic that interests them – and it has transformed their engagement

 

Half a century ago, a scientist called Art Fry added a little glue to the back of a piece of paper – and created the Post-it.

 

Fry made this stationary staple at the science and technology company 3M during “15% time” – a scheme that allowed employees to spend 15% of their time pursuing their own ideas rather than simply completing tasks set by managers.

 

It’s not the only occasion this approach has resulted in creative innovation. Richard Drew, again at 3M, created masking tape using the same approach and it was during Google’s famous “20% time” that Gmail was created. If it works for businesses, could it work for schools?

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USC Annenberg aims to predict digital future through The Edison Project

USC Annenberg aims to predict digital future through The Edison Project | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
USC Annenberg Innovation Lab initiative proposes that the next wave of economic growth will come from imagination and creativity.
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New Challenges to Active Learning Initiatives

New Challenges to Active Learning Initiatives | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Year two of Case Western Reserve University's Active Learning Fellowshipprogram supported the first year's evidence of success in using active learning techniques in active learning classrooms.Unexpectedly, active learning techniques applied in large classes in regular classrooms proved unpopular with students, as expressed in surveys and focus groups at the end of the semester.The challenges teased out of the data indicated additional factors influencing active learning success and guided modifications to year three of the Active Learning Fellowship faculty selection process.
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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
So, can educators help their students become more creative? Some teachers are moving in that direction, loosening the rules, giving students choice, celebrating ideas and behaviors that challenge the status quo, but without a drastic reimagining of the structures within which educators work, true creativity could be hard to find in school.
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Student Centered Instructional Methods (Infographic)

Student Centered Instructional Methods (Infographic) | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
I'm a teacher. Now what do I do? There are several ways to engage learners in the classroom. Here are a few ideas if you get stuck. Additional resources: http://people.uwplatt.edu/~steck/Petrina%20Text/Chapter%204.pdf http://teaching.uncc.edu/learning-resources/articles-books/best-practice/instructional-methods/150-teaching-methods https://www.csn.edu/pages/2359.asp http://www1.appstate.edu/~wertsmg/teachmeth.htm ~Mia

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Como motivar a los estudiantes...Student Centered Instructional Methods (Infographic) | @scoopit via @AnaCristinaPrts http://sco.lt/...

Mar Mbodj's curator insight, January 29, 9:09 PM

Déplacement de paradigme et les méthodes pédagogiques appropriées. 

Susanna Lavialle's curator insight, March 25, 9:14 PM
We often tend to carry on with our typical teaching methods, and sometimes believe that the trainer needs to stay in charge of the learning event. It can be useful to check out this list... stop and evaluate the different options out there that shift the weight from teacher to learner. Surely there is a part of the learning objective that could be covered better through a learner centered approach.
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Making Lectures More Interactive -- Campus Technology

Making Lectures More Interactive -- Campus Technology | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
An app called SKIES transforms a traditional lecture into a shared learning experience.
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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 11, 2:12 AM

An app called SKIES transforms a traditional lecture into a shared learning experience.

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Giving Students Charge of How They Learn

Giving Students Charge of How They Learn | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
By letting students determine how they learn, via task design, rubric development, and student-led parent conferences, we see high engagement, in-depth inquiry, and quality work.
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These simple strategies can applied at every level of learning and work well to maximise engagement.

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Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Managing the digital classroom - Using a backchannel

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Managing the digital classroom - Using a backchannel | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

If you are working in a classroom where your students have internet connected devices, either through wifi or their mobile phone, using a backchannel can have a transformative impact on the way you can use technology with your students.

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You might also be interested in the session I presented a few years back: http://www.slideshare.net/kimbowa/reclaim-the-backchannel-as-a-learning-channel

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Brett.Ashley.Crawford's curator insight, September 19, 2015 1:41 PM

Arts education is digital as well -- take advantage of some of these standard tools.

 

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 27, 2015 10:05 PM

Great article with some useful resources to create a backchannel in your class. 

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Project Based Learning Scenarios - PBL Ideas eBook

Project Based Learning Scenarios - PBL Ideas eBook | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Explore ideas for PBL in your classroom 
Project based learning creates engagement in learning.

You know that real-world scenarios and project based learning will engage students, deepen learning and provide rich problem-solving opportunities. Many educators struggle with how to connect ideas from the curriculum to these learning opportunities. We created these resources to help get you going!

This Ideas eBook will provide proven top quality project based learning ideas that are easily customizable. These ideas will:

Create relevant, meaningful learning
Cultivate problem-solving skills
Connect curriculum to the real-world
Foster creativity
Enhance collaboration
Develop an understanding of PBL
Make learning fun!
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A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Stanford physicist Carl Wieman is on a quest to bury the big lecture in favor of evidence-based techniques. But it's not clear higher education is listening.
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Notes on Open Pedagogy

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Mary and Amanda wrote a great post yesterday about BCCampus’ upcoming plans around open pedagogy. It reminded me that I meant to post the notes I developed for my workshop on open pedagogy at the Maricopa Community Colleges last week. Here’s my outline for the conversation we had there. (Yes, I know it’s outline-y and not completely fleshed out, but hopefully there’s enough here to be valuable.) I’m thinking quite hard about this topic these days.
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Networked Learning as Experiential Learning

Networked Learning as Experiential Learning | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Education was becoming more about careers and "competencies" (a word Kuh himself used, although in a larger sense than others have) and less about inquiry, meaning-making, and a broadly humane view of human capacity. Kuh's essay implicitly recognized that one of the great costs of abandoning these more expansive views of the purpose of higher education was that students might become alienated from their own learning experiences. He was right. Even as "student-centered learning" became the mantra, the increased attention to outcomes and objectives served (and still serves) to enable a narrowing, behaviorist focus on easily measured, easily described outcomes linked to detailed prescriptions, policies, and penalties, all contained within the course contracts (i.e., course syllabi).
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Learner Empowerment

Learner Empowerment | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

A major theme during the Educon 2.8 conference in Philadelphia during the last week of January, 2016, was learner empowerment. Here is a Storify of tweets about empowerment from the conference.


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margot roi's curator insight, February 15, 3:05 PM

Student choice=student voice.

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This article recaps one of major themes shared at EduCon 2016 in January 2016: Learner Empowerment.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, February 16, 9:07 PM

Learner Empowerment | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...

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Transdisciplinarity: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

Transdisciplinarity: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Integrated learning is the most rudimentary level of collaboration across disciplines. At the very least, it allows teachers and, more importantly, students to make connections across disciplines, creating an opportunity for greater depth and complexity.

However, one of the key competencies for the 21st century is to position students with the skills and habits of mind to be transdisciplinary thinkers. The Institute for the Future (IFTF) has identified transdisciplinarity as a key and essential skill for the future work force. In their report on future work skills (PDF), the IFTF writes:

Many of today's global problems are just too complex to be solved by one specialized discipline (think global warming or overpopulation). These multifaceted problems require transdisciplinary solutions.
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How to create a student-centred classroom? One small step at a time.

How to create a student-centred classroom? One small step at a time. | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, frightening, and even discouraging, especially when no one else around you seems to think the system is broken.
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Workshop | Centre for Science of Learning | CSL | ACER

Workshop | Centre for Science of Learning | CSL | ACER | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

- Expressions of interest are now being sought for a workshop on assessing creativity with insights from neuroscience. The workshop is an initiative of the CSL@ACER and builds on research currently carried out by Dr Sacha DeVelle of ACER Perth.

Creativity is a core 21st-century skill and a general capability within the Australian Curriculum. More than 60 years of research has been dedicated to its definition, measurement and assessment. More recent neuroscientific approaches have shed light on where creative processes emerge within the brain. However, the field of creativity continues to be a complex phenomenon for researchers and educational practitioners. The aim of this workshop is to translate key issues and relevant findings from the creativity research to a classroom setting.

This workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to:

- understand the historical background to creativity and assessment;
- recognise the neuromyths surrounding creativity and the brain;
- learn about current findings from the creativity and neuroscientific literature; and
- develop an understanding of how creativity can be assessed within the classroom.

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How the 21st Century Fluencies Grow With Project-Based Learning

“Learning is not a spectator sport,” D. Blocher once claimed. That’s so truthful when it comes to project-based learning. There’s more to it than giving our kids a goal and then letting them go. PBL goes hand in hand with the 21st Century Fluencies. At its best, PBL is students working together on projects that they care about, taking ownership of their education, and becoming lifelong learners.
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‘Factory-like approach to education should change’

‘Factory-like approach to education should change’ | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
HYDERABAD, JANUARY 20:  
“We cannot control or create motivation in classrooms, but we do have tremendous influence over it,” said Teresa Balser, Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University, Australia.

Delivering a lecture on ‘Motivation in the modern classroom’ at the ICFAI University Campus here in Hyderabad, Balser said, “ While the teachers expect students to attend classes, study, ask questions, participate and pay attention in the class, students, though highly motivated to learn, do not seem to be convinced that the classroom is the best place to learn.”

On the existing education system, Balser said that it was oriented towards the industrial age and is not aligned to the needs of the current era. Citing renowned educationist Ken Robinson, she said that education today seems to kill the ability of children to indulge in divergent thinking as the systems are oriented towards commoditisation and standardisation, with a factory-like approach and production in batches.
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This is the difference between 'projects' and 'project-based learning'

This is the difference between 'projects' and 'project-based learning' | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, September 22, 2015 4:08 PM

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Tony Meehan's curator insight, September 23, 2015 9:16 PM

Project-based learning is real, in the moment learning, which, because it demands a reflective approach all through a learning process leads to deep understanding.

Kim Blackmore's curator insight, October 2, 2015 3:15 AM

They sound the same but are very different learning activities.

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Why flipping the core is not sacrilege in higher education - eCampus News

Why flipping the core is not sacrilege in higher education - eCampus News | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Flipping core subject courses for undergrads could yield better engagement, as long as educators keep 3 considerations in mind.
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