Active learning in Higher Education
4.9K views | +0 today
Follow
Active learning in Higher Education
Strategies for more effective student-centred, authentic engagement in the higher education context
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

Notes on Open Pedagogy

Notes on Open Pedagogy | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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).
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Kim Flintoff from 21st Century Learning and Teaching
Scoop.it!

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.


Via Gust MEES
more...
margot roi's curator insight, February 15, 10:05 AM

Student choice=student voice.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, February 16, 1:12 PM

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, 4:07 PM

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

Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

‘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.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Kim Flintoff from Digital Delights - Digital Tribes
Scoop.it!

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

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
more...
Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, September 22, 2015 11:08 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

Tony Meehan's curator insight, September 23, 2015 4:16 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 1, 2015 10:15 PM

They sound the same but are very different learning activities.

Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Suggested by Learning Futures | Curtin Learning and Teaching
Scoop.it!

Kansas U Flips Engineering Learning in New Active Classrooms -- Campus Technology ^ by Dian Schaffhauser

Kansas U Flips Engineering Learning in New Active Classrooms -- Campus Technology ^ by Dian Schaffhauser | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The School of Engineering at the University of Kansas has introduced several new active learning classrooms this fall, the largest of which can accommodate up to 160 students. The university has added six such spaces altogether in the school, allowing students to collaborate and share digital resources. Besides the largest space, there are rooms that fit 120 students, 90 students and three rooms that can handle up to 60 students each.

The classrooms were introduced as part of a $65 million expansion the school is undergoing, which included renovations to a campus library and the opening of new facilities that connect several buildings with a new "front door." In parallel, faculty has been introducing flipped learning in their courses, an approach that some have found to be particularly effective for retaining new engineering students.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Kim Flintoff from Into the Driver's Seat
Scoop.it!

Google Classroom: Change Docs to Can Comment ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler

Google Classroom: Change Docs to Can Comment ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
When sharing files with students in Google Classroom you are able to give them viewing rights or editing rights on a document. The option for students to only comment on a document is not expressly listed.

If you want your students to insert comments on a document but not edit it, here are the steps to do this.

Via Jim Lerman
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.

more...
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 17, 9:36 AM

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

Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

New Challenges to Active Learning Initiatives

New Challenges to Active Learning Initiatives | Active learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Key Takeaways
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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Kim Flintoff from Digital Delights - Digital Tribes
Scoop.it!

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

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
more...
María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 26, 4:26 PM

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

Mar Mbodj's curator insight, January 29, 4:09 PM

Déplacement de paradigme et les méthodes pédagogiques appropriées. 

Susanna Lavialle's curator insight, March 25, 5:14 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.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.
Kim Flintoff's insight:

These simple strategies can applied at every level of learning and work well to maximise engagement.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Flintoff
Scoop.it!

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.

Kim Flintoff's insight:

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

more...
Brett.Ashley.Crawford's curator insight, September 19, 2015 8:41 AM

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

 

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 27, 2015 5:05 PM

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

Rescooped by Kim Flintoff from Professional Learning for Busy Educators
Scoop.it!

How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust - @wrightsroom Mind/Shift

How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust - @wrightsroom  Mind/Shift | 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.

A question I’m asked often is, “Where should a teacher begin?” Should teachers just let students go or is there a process to good student-centered inquiry? I’ve reflected on this a fair amount, and I think small strategic steps are the key. I think letting students “go” without any structure will likely create failure, especially if students haven’t spent much time collaborating. Skills need to be modeled.

Via John Evans
more...
Chris Carter's curator insight, January 31, 7:07 PM

All effective teaching is relational at heart. Without a modicum of trust that the teacher has the students' interests in mind, there is no ability to effectively communicate. In place of trust is an adversarial relationship in which the students attempt to protect their sense of self from the teacher.

Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, February 1, 9:08 AM

O texto traz algumas sugestões para conseguir estudantes ativos em sua aprendizagem. Nós professores precisamos conhecê-las, refletir sobre elas e decidir se adotamos ou não.


Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 1, 6:04 PM

Managing the direction, rate of change and teacher confidence and competence is critical in developing better classroom practice. This post provides some good classroom focused suggestions and hints.