Active Learning Strategies

Introduction Traditional teaching styles depended upon the instructor lecturing at the front of the classroom while students sat in neat rows and took notes. However, active learning is much more collaborative and involves students in the learning process. This educational shift has come about due to the knowledge we now have about adult learners, the advances in educational technology and the various modalities we have in education today. Today, we may see desks arranged differently as well as students taking a very active part in the learning activities. Active learning activities may involve discussing, writing, debating, blogging, interacting, listening, reflecting, reading or presenting about the content. An instructor might offer options of activities so students have choices depending upon their learning styles. For instance, a history project could have many options: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Write a mini-play. Create a short video clip Recite a narrative Create a collaborative wiki Engage in a debate Paint a vivid picture

Newer educational technology software applications may also be a part of your new teaching “toolkit” since some of them lend well to collaboration and active learning. This site: lists the top 100 elearning tools for 2009 and also for 2008. You certainly don’t need to know all of them, but, it might be a good idea to just learn one or two which may enhance your teaching activities. (Note – NSU NET Services does not offer support on all of these great products, but, we do our best to assist you! Ask those of us in the ID department which ones we like and have used!) Source: http://www. Active Learning. Anderson. & Wolfman. Source: /www. J.cs.washington. R. Journal .html . Source: http://www.Challenge your students as well how to come up with collaborative projects which will meet your learning objectives. If you need to go to a meeting. D.). N.. Tablet PC and Computing Curriculum.d. Austin.Has been called “Word on steroids” by some. (n.icte. C. The capability of using the inking feature to send notes immediately to students is powerful and this collaborative capability is only limited by your imagination how many ways it can be used! OneNote – A powerful way to keep notes and documents. Using the Tablet PC Think about the various capabilities of the Tablet PC and the software that came with it and practice using one or two programs in a collaborative manner.inspiringteachers. References which may prove helpful: ACU.D. & etc. J.doc.. Very easy to insert emails or web pages into OneNote as well. Strategies to incorporate active learning into online teaching. Great Active Learning Strategies. J.acu. Inking feature – great for collaborating in class on discussions. You can send these notes to your students very easily by hitting the email button in this program. Alvarado. the idea is that the Tablet PC is your main computer so you have all your files with you as you need them. Anderson. you can take it with you and keep your meetings notes on it. Tabs are color coded and you can easily add pages to each section. Tront. At NSU. Simon. Journal.. The various inking capabilities make it fun to use – great for those creative types too! Plus. Source: http://www. Prey. PowerPoints. These digital natives or “free agents” as they are now sometimes called will probably creatively tackle assignments in ways many of us have not thought of before.pdf Asaro. you can send your notes to your entire class easily.

html Paulson. Enhancing distributed learning environments through Tablet PC technology. Inc.Bellanca. Source: http://www.calstatela.html . (1996). & Faust. U of MN. CA: Corwin Press. Source: http://www.htm Silberman.umn.gtsav. 200+ Active Learning Strategies and Projects for Engaging Students’ Multiple D.d. Active learning: 101 strategies to teach any subject. J. (n. Active learning for the college Twelve Active Learning Strategies. (2008). Des Moines: Prentice-Hall. Source: http://www1. J.gatech. Thousand Oaks.

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