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Season Your Lectures with Active Learning. Michael J. Quinn 1 June 2007. Complete this sentence: Three things I’d like to know about active learning are _________________. Structure of This Lecture. Critiquing lecturing Defining active learning Implementing active learning.

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season your lectures with active learning

Season Your Lectureswith Active Learning

Michael J. Quinn

1 June 2007

structure of this lecture
Structure of This Lecture
  • Critiquing lecturing
  • Defining active learning
  • Implementing active learning
listening teams
Listening Teams
  • Questioners
  • Agreers
  • Nay-sayers
  • Example-givers
advantages of lecturing
Advantages of Lecturing
  • Spark interest
  • Provide unavailable information
  • Convey large amounts of information
  • Reach large audiences
  • Model ways of thinking
  • Maintain control
  • Protect students
  • Help auditory learners

Source: Sutherland and Bonwell

disadvantages of lecturing
Disadvantages of Lecturing
  • Passive students
  • Inadequate feedback
  • Flagging attention
  • Poor retention
  • Burden on lecturer
  • Non-auditory learners

Source: Sutherland and Bonwell

students tune out
Students Tune Out

Source: Pollio

retention of new material
Retention of New Material

Source: McKeachie

listening teams1
Listening Teams
  • Questioners
  • Agreers
  • Nay-sayers
  • Example-givers

Source: Silberman

fundamentals
Fundamentals
  • Learning is an active process.
  • Different people learn in different ways.
  • We often don’t know what we think until we try to say it or write it.
  • Just because you’ve said it doesn’t mean they’ve learned it.
genuine learning
Genuine Learning

Test

Reception

Recap

Explain

engage more parts of brain
Engage More Parts of Brain
  • Talking and listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Reflecting
counter the objections
Counter the Objections
  • “That’s not how I learned the material.”
  • “Active learning is great for children, but college students don’t need it.”
  • “It’s too slow paced— I’ll spend a lot of time watching instead of talking.”
  • “I won’t be able to cover all the material.”
ask students to
Ask Students to...
  • Restate information
  • Give examples
  • Recognize instances
  • Make connections
  • Apply concepts
  • Predict consequences
  • State converse
in class writing assignments
In-class Writing Assignments
  • Be specific — ask students to
    • analyze – compare
    • contrast – define
    • describe – evaluate
    • justify – prove
    • summarize – synthesize

Source: Fulwiler

learning partners
Learning Partners
  • Compare class notes
  • Discuss an example
  • Solve a problem
  • Critique each other’s writing
  • Question partner about reading
  • Recap lecture
  • Develop questions for teacher
  • Test each other
more examples
More Examples
  • Pop quiz (manual or electronic)
  • Response cards (anonymous)
  • Whips
  • Games (Family Feud or Jeopardy)
  • Complete outline of lecture
complete this sentence three different ways i can add active learning to my lectures are

Complete this sentence:Three different ways I can add active learning to my lectures are ________________.

references
References
  • Fulwiler, T. Teaching with Writing. Boynton/Cook. 1987.
  • Holt, J. How Children Learn. Pitman. 1967.
  • Johnson, D. W., Johnson, R. T., and Smith, K. A. Active Learning: Cooperation in the College Classroom. Interaction Book Company. 1991.
  • McKeachie, W. Teaching Tips: A Guidebook for the Beginning College Teacher. D. C. Heath. 1986.
  • Meyers, C., and Jones, T. B. Promoting Active Learning: Strategies for the College Classroom. Jossey-Bass. 1993.
  • Pollio, H. R. “What Students Think About and Do in College Lecture Classes.” Teaching-Learning Issues No. 53. University of Tennessee. 1984.
  • Silberman, M. Active Learning: 101 Strategies to Teach Any Subject. Allyn and Bacon. 1996.
  • Sutherland, T. E., and Bonwell, C. C. Using Active Learning in College Classes: A Range of Options for Faculty. Jossey-Bass. 1996.
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