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Strategies to engage students in group informational sessions

Strategies to Engage Students in Group Informational Sessions

By

Hilleary Himes and Jeff Gugino


Today we will discuss
Today we will discuss…

Informational sessions

Orientation/FTCAP

Group Presentations

Active learning

Strategies to engage students


Informational sessions
Informational Sessions

FTCAP (First year testing, consulting, and advising program)

Presentations:

First year students considering business

Second year students preparing to enter a major

Major nights

Provide information about degree audits, exploratory tools, available resources


Active learning
Active Learning

Learn by doing: students learn through experience

(Dewey 1938)

Encourages deeper learning as opposed to “surface” learning

(Brockbank & McGill 1998)


Benefits of active learning
Benefits of Active Learning

  • Increase likelihood of comprehension of material

  • Encourage interaction with peers

  • Students create knowledge and contribute to the experience


Strategies
Strategies

  • Online activities

  • Classroom Response System

  • Reflection tools

  • Think, Pair, Share

  • Discussion


Check screen for: ANS:

Response choices

To submit answer, press green arrow.

ON/OFF



Online activities
Online Activities

  • Pre-orientation:

    • learn about requirements

    • interact with Penn State websites

    • research and evaluate their chosen major

  • Pre-FTCAP module:

    http://www.psu.edu/dus/ftcap/advising/up/assignment/degree_skin.swf


Classroom response system
Classroom Response System

PowerPoint

Receiver

Clickers


Benefits in advising
Benefits in Advising

Provides instant feedback

Encourage critical thinking

Improve learning by getting students active in learning process

Make changes to material

Assess students’ understanding

Students can assess their own understanding

Increase in participation


Increase in participation
Increase in Participation

"Putting up your hand in class is pretty complex thing, kind of dangerous, socially and academically. But everyone is willing to give anonymous answers. Everyone is equally involved and the answers are honest. And fast."

Victor Edmonds, Educational Technology Services, University of California at Berkeley


I have given a presentation where i felt many of the participants were not engaged
I have given a presentation where I felt many of the participants were not engaged.

True

False


Ftcap quiz
FTCAP Quiz participants were not engaged.

  • 5 question quiz

  • Checking for understanding from the preparatory assignments

  • Reviewed correct answers after quiz

    • Focus information on student input


Clicker quiz results
Clicker Quiz Results participants were not engaged.

* Question altered between 2009 and 2010

** Question not used in 2010




Does your institution have a classroom response system
Does your institution have a classroom response system? participants were not engaged.

  • Yes

  • No

  • I do not know


Think pair share
Think-Pair-Share participants were not engaged.

Case Study

You are finding it hard to study in your room because your roommate is sleeping all of the time and is annoying. On top of that, your first exam grades were surprisingly low. You believe that you studied enough, but felt like the professor asked questions that weren’t covered in class. You are tired and frustrated.

What should you do?


Think pair share1
Think-Pair-Share participants were not engaged.

  • Think about types of informational sessions that would be beneficial to your students.

    • Identify goals to help you carry out your informational sessions

  • Pair and share your ideas!


Reflective thinking
Reflective Thinking participants were not engaged.

  • Students intentionally evaluate internal beliefs and external information to create their own knowledge/conclusions


Reflection activities
Reflection Activities participants were not engaged.


Discussion
Discussion participants were not engaged.

What techniques are you using that you would consider Active Learning?


The future of engaging students
The Future of Engaging Students participants were not engaged.

Cell phones

  • Positives

    • Most students already have them

    • One less thing for them to carry around

  • Negatives

    • Not every student has a cell phone

    • Their cell phone plan may not allow free texting

    • You give them a reason to have their cell phones out


Question & Answer participants were not engaged.

PollEverywhere.com


How informative was this session for you
How informative was this session for you? participants were not engaged.

On a scale of 1 through 9

1 = Can I have my hour back?

5 = It was interesting.

9 = It answered every question I had about active learning!


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