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Strategies for more effective student-centred, authentic engagement in the higher education context
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Flipped classroom model gains steam on campuses - eCampus News

Flipped classroom model gains steam on campuses - eCampus News | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Eighty-four percent of educators said the flipped model was a “better learning experience” for their students.

Ralph Welsh, a public health sciences professor at Clemson University, said that while there were more high marks on end-of-semester student evaluations, there was also a jump in low marks. This, Welsh said, showed that the flipped model had at least some polarizing potential.

“Most students want the recorded lecture, but if the tradeoff is not seeing the professor face to face, it might not be worth it for all of them,” said Welsh, who has experimented with the flipped classroom. “They liked it, but they still wanted to see the professor face to face in the classroom.”

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projeqted - dynamic presentations in the classroom

projeqted - dynamic presentations in the classroom | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Real-time presentations with dynamic slides. Create a presentation once, and it updates everywhere instantaneously. With Projeqt, students can access, share, create and review their work from anywhere, at anytime. Give comments and feedback and track student progress; your Projeqts live in real-time and can be shared for everyone to see. Break away from the exhausting effects of the one-dimensional PowerPoint presentation and create a social and interactive learning experience.


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Dixie Conner's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:02 PM

Looks like something to learn more about. 

Lara N. Madden's curator insight, November 6, 2013 8:37 PM

I love finding new presentation software...

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Presentaciones para clase

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The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces

The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Classrooms should be spaces that students don’t want to leave.  Some communities are still hesitant about these futuristic looking learning spaces and have resorted to older, traditional physical spaces. Hopefully, they will begin to embrace changes to better prepare students and move them in the 21st century global economy.

 


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Allan Shaw's curator insight, November 19, 2013 4:52 PM

While I do not ascribe to everything mentioned in this post, there is much to commend it.

Schools and the learning spaces within them should be engaging and attractive places for children in which to learn. Outside of their home, school is where they spend a significant portion of their lives.

richard Forward's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:35 PM

Are you old school or Mr cutting edge?

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54321ignition's curator insight, January 18, 2014 6:57 AM

To construct better learning environments we need to deconstruct our traditional view of the classroom.

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The e-Learning Café project of the University of Porto: innovative learning spaces, improving students’ engagement in active and collaborative learning

The e-Learning Café project of the University of Porto: innovative learning spaces, improving students’ engagement in active and collaborative learning | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This paper reports the ongoing research project headed by the University of Porto and the research group Centre of Spatial Representation and Communication, from de R&D Centre of its Faculty of Architecture (FAUP), which aims the design and study of hybrid spatial environments:

E-Learning Centres. Our main objective is to present and discuss the contribution of the E-Learning Café project of the U.Porto and of the successful implementation of its program, focused on learning physical spaces able to combine social interaction with diverse pedagogical and cultural activities. All these have proven to be an important relational dimension for all the people working or studying at U. Porto and an asset to foster the openness of the University to the society.

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Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods

Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods – Experiential, Project Based, Problem Based, Inquiry Based, Constructivism, Etc.No study can deny this – freeing up class time enables teachers and students to pursue Active Learning.
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Ditch the Clickers

Ditch the Clickers | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

You’ve dedicated your career to helping students learn. But with the number of new technologies rapidly transforming students’ learning experiences, how do you modify your teaching methods to accommodate changing learning styles?Click here to edit the title

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Some promotional material from ECHO 360 and its new LectureTools features.

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10 must-watch videos for flipped learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

10 must-watch videos for flipped learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Learn how these 10 flipped learning videos can inspire in-classroom inquiry-based learning through vivid animations and real-world examples.
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Learning Online is not a Spectator Sport: How to Make it Active

Learning Online is not a Spectator Sport: How to Make it Active | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
“Learning is not a spectator sport.” Chickering & Gamson, excerpt from the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, (1987). Principle number three, ‘Good practice encourag...
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Why We Collaborate

Why We Collaborate | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

“The world has over a trillion hours a year of free time to commit to shared projects,” says professor Clay Shirky. But what motivates dozens, thousands, even millions of people to come together on the Internet and commit their time to a project for free? What is the key to making a successful collaboration work? In this hour, TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world.

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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.

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Large Lecture Classes | Center for Teaching and Learning

Large Lecture Classes | Center for Teaching and Learning | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Some useful steps to incorporate active learning techniques into large lecture classes.

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Connected Learning For Educators | Connected Learning

Connected Learning For Educators | Connected Learning | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Many educators agree: our education system needs an update. Too many youth see no clear connection between school and life beyond the classroom. Moreover, the skills most needed to succeed in the modern age - such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication - are not easily measured on a standardized test.

Connected Learning revitalizes the educational process by forging links between students' academic studies, their personal passions, and opportunities to engage with peers who support and share their interests. As a result, Connected Learning can create new pathways to college, career and civic pursuits.

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The AP50 experience

A hands-on approach to teaching and learning in AP 50 helps Harvard undergraduates learn the foundational concepts in physics by applying them to real-world ...
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Mazur, a Harvard professor and a thirty-year veteran of teaching university Physics discovers the efficacy and simple joy of student-centred learning.

Ho-hum to the many who've already chosen this path and shocking to the most conservative university educators.  Even those of us who "ho-hum" still feel some joy in witnessing others finding this simple shift in thinking and practice.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:55 PM

Mazur, a Harvard professor and a thirty-year veteran of teaching university Physics discovers the efficacy and simple joy of student-centred learning.

Ho-hum to the many who've already chosen this path and shocking to the most conservative university educators.  Even those of us who "ho-hum" still feel some joy in witnessing others finding this simple shift in thinking and practice.

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Increasing Student Engagement By Grading Backwards

Increasing Student Engagement By Grading Backwards | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Students earn points (grades), gain levels (grades), and in a way, have leaderboards. There are class valedictorians and students are essentially ranked based on their grades when colleges are deciding who to accept.  Currently, the typical grading system in schools has students starting off with a 100 average, which slowly (or quickly, depending on the student’s performance) gets lower and lower as the student receives anything less than a 100 on any assignments, tests, etc.

This system is subtractive, i.e. as a student achieves anything less than perfect, they are punished with a decrease in score. A subtractive grading system punishes students for taking risks and stifles creativity. Students tend to be taught a specific way to perform a task, and if students try to problem solve in another way and fail (which is a core part of the learning process), they are punished with a lower grade. Therefore, students are less likely to try thinking outside of the box.

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How to Create Videos to Capture Your Audience

How to Create Videos to Capture Your Audience | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

When it comes to marketing strategy, videos are powerful. How powerful? On Facebook, for example, videos are shared 12 times more than non-video posts. And let’s not forget YouTube, the second largest search engine in the world (after Google, of course). The ability of videos to increase user engagement is unsurpassed.

 

According to YouTube’s statistics page, they get over 800 million unique visitors each month, users view more than 4 billion hours of video each month and upload 72 hours of video every minute. That’s a lot of potential for your video....


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Dennis Staples's curator insight, November 12, 2013 4:01 PM

Good insight on using YouTube effectively!

Marie-Ann Roberts's curator insight, November 16, 2013 5:33 AM

Youtube videos to promote Plumpton CMI Courses?

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, November 11, 2013 8:23 PM

Formative assessment to drive future instruction.  Love it!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, November 12, 2013 2:24 PM

Simple but useful.

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:32 AM

Several of these would be easy to use with library lessons.

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Designing Media-Based Assignments

Designing Media-Based Assignments | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This website helps college teachers develop, deliver, and assess assignments incorporating images, video, and sound.

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ech08ravo's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:50 PM

Fantastic website from Notre Dame helps instructors (and students) design effective media-based assignments. Great examples and how-tos for inspiration.

Malin Fölster's curator insight, December 7, 2013 8:37 AM

Wow denna sida var sååå bra. Jag förlorade mig själv på denna sidan idag! :))) 

brendasherry's curator insight, April 21, 2014 9:58 AM

Awesome collection of ideas and exemplars...

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Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the Wolfram Problem Generator, that turns the “computational knowledge engine” on its head.

The Problem Generator – which is available to all Wolfram Alpha Pro subscribers now – creates random practice questions for students, and Wolfram Alpha then helps them find the answers step-by-step.

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Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement | edX

Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement | edX | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The optimal video length is 6 minutes or shorter -- students watched most of the way through these short videos. In fact, the average engagement time of any video maxes out at 6 minutes, regardless of its length. And engagement times decrease as videos lengthen: For instance, on average students spent around 3 minutes on videos that are longer than 12 minutes, which means that they engaged with less than a quarter of the content. Finally, certificate-earning students engaged more with videos, presumably because they had greater motivation to learn the material.
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chadjwilliams's curator insight, November 12, 2013 2:46 PM

We all new that long winded lectures were ineffective.

 

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Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012

Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012 | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In 1990, after seven years of teaching at Harvard, Eric Mazur, now Balkanski professor of physics and applied physics, was delivering clear, polished lectures and demonstrations and getting high student evaluations for his introductory Physics 11 course, populated mainly by premed and engineering students who were successfully solving complicated problems. Then he discovered that his success as a teacher “was a complete illusion, a house of cards.”

The epiphany came via an article in the American Journal of Physics by Arizona State professor David Hestenes. He had devised a very simple test, couched in everyday language, to check students’ understanding of one of the most fundamental concepts of physics—force—and had administered it to thousands of undergraduates in the southwestern United States. Astonishingly, the test showed that their introductory courses had taught them “next to nothing,” says Mazur: “After a semester of physics, they still held the same misconceptions as they had at the beginning of the term.”

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Learning Trends vs. Permanent Disruptors

Learning Trends vs. Permanent Disruptors | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Teachers are used to hearing about new ideas in education -- changes in instruction, technology and curriculum that are going to fix what's broken.

So what's the takeaway for us, as teachers?

Well, the students have already changed. Learning trends are no longer about preparation, but about mitigation, about reducing the erosive effect of pairing connected students with disconnected learning environments. Coming to terms with that is important for both teachers and other change agents. We're chasing, not leading.

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Motivating Students with Teaching Techniques that Establish Relevance, Promote Autonomy ~ Faculty Focus

Motivating Students with Teaching Techniques that Establish Relevance, Promote Autonomy ~ Faculty Focus | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

by Katherine Robertson, PhD

 

"Underachievement in college students is linked to lack of motivation (Balduf, 2009 and references therein). Two major factors that contribute to poor motivation are inability of students to see the relevance of classroom activities to their chosen careers (Glynn et al., 2009) and lack of a sense of autonomy (Reeve and Jang, 2006; Reeve, 2009).

 

"In this article, I provide examples of how I addressed these two issues with activities that promote experiential learning and encourage students to be more active participants in their learning. These techniques were used mainly in science courses but could be adapted to other disciplines."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:59 PM

Technique in Ellulian language is problematic. We need to go beyond formula and to relational ways.

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Response: The Best Advice On Doing Project-Based Learning

Response: The Best Advice On Doing Project-Based Learning | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Last week's question was: What's your best advice on doing project-based learning? This post is a Part Two to last year's popular one by Suzie Boss (and readers!) on Do's and Don'ts for Better Project-Based Learning.
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Bringing Authenticity to the Classroom

Bringing Authenticity to the Classroom | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Authenticity -- we know it works! There is research to support the value of authentic reading and writing. When students are engaged in real-world problems, scenarios and challenges, they find releva
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Metta = Storytelling + Polls In One Compact Format

Metta = Storytelling + Polls In One Compact Format | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Metta helps turning stories into short movies out of pictures, videos, text and sounds that are already published on the web. Polls and quizzes can also be embedded anywhere inside a video presentation to get controlled responses from viewers.

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Integrates with EdModo - a useful tool for anyone looking at "flipping" strategies

 

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, November 14, 2013 2:24 AM

It allows teachers and educators to produce learning guides

Ingrid Cristina Florence Yamine's curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:14 PM

very interesting and useful one! I'll preset on it next monday!

Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, March 28, 2016 11:35 PM
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Metta (which is the former Soo Meta) is a versatile web application that lets you create presentations with text, images, videos and voice recordings, as well as create polls and stories.


Metta is integrated in Edmodo. It is a great tool for flipped classrooms.