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Preparing the Environment for Active Learning: examples from the large enrollment classroom. Katie Winsett, PhD Biology Department kewinsett@usi.edu.

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Preparing the Environment for Active Learning: examples from the large enrollment classroom.

Katie Winsett, PhD

Biology Department

kewinsett@usi.edu


“An important part of our job as teachers is equipping as many of our students as possible with high-level problem-solving and thinking skills, including critical and creative thinking.

If there is a broad agreement about anything in educational research, it’s that well-implemented learner-centered instruction is much more effective than traditional lecture-based instruction at promoting those skills.”

Richard Felder, Chemical Engineering Education 45 (2011).


Thoughts from experience and the literature

  • Upfront preparation

    • The syllabus

    • Blackboard

    • Detailed directions

  • Organized chaos

  • Introductions


Thoughts from experience and the literature

  • Upfront preparation

  • Organized chaos

    • Given the right tools, students will talk about the content

    • Be very clear on how this works.

    • Consciously address the environment

  • Introductions


Thoughts from experience and the literature

  • Upfront preparation

  • Organized chaos

  • Introductions

    • They don’t know each other

    • Consciously address this


Final thoughts

  • There will be resistance.

  • Things will not go as planned.

  • Students will learn.

  • Be idealistic about it; the literature supports your effort.

  • Be prepared.

  • Remind yourself why you do it.

    • Reread student reflective assignments

    • John Hunter: The World Peace Game


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