Considerations for Active Learning Strategies

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Considerations for Active Learning Strategies by Mind Map: Considerations for Active Learning Strategies

1. Community

1.1. forms bonds between students

1.1.1. increases learnning outside of class, too e.g. students may form study groups

2. Learning

2.1. Increases higher order thinking

3. Instructor Presence

3.1. What ideas do you have here?

4. Participation/Motivation

4.1. Will students come to class?

4.1.1. Need to motivate students who prefer/expect to take a passive role in class.

4.1.1.1. Strategy: Highlight value of teamwork in the workplace.

4.1.1.2. Strategy: Share research about effectiveness of active learning

4.1.1.3. Strategy: Emphasize learning goals related to higher order thinking and alignment of active learning with those goals.

4.1.1.4. Strategy: Start active learning on Day 1, don't let a culture of passivity become established in the first days of your class.

5. Instructor Workload

5.1. Increased

5.1.1. Generating good questions can be time consuming

5.1.1.1. Strategy: (Ball) Start slow/small

5.1.1.2. Strategy: Learn from your mistakes, the second time will be better than the first

5.1.1.3. Strategy: Use student generated questions

5.1.1.4. Strategy: Collect questions on index cards, develop a deck of questions you can reuse

5.1.2. Need to come up with a Plan B in case activities don't work out

5.2. depends on comfort level with "winging it" - and dealing with unexpected situations

5.3. instructor's role changes - more of a moderator role

5.4. What support is available?

5.4.1. GSIs or other instructors?

6. Student Workload

6.1. Will some students be free riders, remain passive in group activities?

6.1.1. Strategy: individual assessments (clickers, quizzes, return to individual assessment after group work)

7. Tech Management

7.1. Does the classroom space support the activities?

7.1.1. fixed vs. movable seating?

7.1.2. Sufficient power outlets?

7.1.3. adequate wifi for number of users, bandwidth needed?

7.1.4. Appropriate lighting?

7.1.5. Shared spaces present a challenge if instructor cannot always control the room resources/configuration.

8. Learning

8.1. Can activities be tailored for students?

8.1.1. Strategy: earn student background (course content and tech skills)

9. Community

10. Participation/Motivation

11. Student Workload

12. Instructor Presence

13. Instructor Workload

13.1. Establish course policies, flowcharts for key processes

13.1.1. School as a whole should have ppolicies, procedures, too

13.1.2. Communicate policies to students

13.1.2.1. Be sure they know how to get support

14. Tech Management

14.1. What support is available?

14.1.1. Available instrstructure at home and at school

14.1.2. Support for studetns

14.1.3. SoN IT Team knowledge base

14.1.3.1. Attendance at faculty events E.G., NDTI is helpful for SoN IT to support faculty

14.2. Strategy: Build skills and community of users within SoN

15. Active Learning Techniques

15.1. Face-to-face Think-Pair-Share

15.1.1. Deborah Ball example

15.1.2. Eric Mazur example

15.2. Online Discussion

15.2.1. Breakout rooms in Collaborate

15.2.2. group or individual blogs

15.2.2.1. option: assign teams of students to blog together

15.2.3. forums e.g., CTools forums

15.2.3.1. option: assign roles to students within the forum

15.2.4. Google Docs

15.2.4.1. option: combine with video chat, e.g., Google+ Hangout