This is the webpage to accompany the session on active learning at Germanna Community College, May 20, 2013


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The Flipped Classroom

List of Resources:

Our list of active learning strategies:

Math: weekly applications: in a group, group leader is responsible for final presentation, leader circulates, work on it throughout the week
Play doh to demonstrate how a coffee cup and a donut are topologically equivalent
Psychology: use Knex to script an interaction
Use a popular lyric to elicit metaphors
Biology: swabbing surfaces to show that things are dirty
Out in halls to do polls to understand primary research
Small group research lobbying groups and which ones have the poorest values
American Lit: small groups spend 20 - 30 minutes discussing and writing down what does it mean to be an American; full class generation and discussion and coming up with a list what the class feels are the appropriate descriptors and apply them throughout
Nursing: culture and honoring other people's cultures: give out cards to people to record something unique they do in their culture: match the cards to the student

Pros and cons of active learning:

Pros of Active Learning

Cons of Active Learning

Deeper learning and retention
Classroom management
More fun
Takes longer so you can cover fewer topic
Students are usually engaged with one another so they build community, exposed to other ways of thinking
Get off topic
It gives you a break as an instructor so you aren't talking all the time
Issues with students of disabilities or ESL who get scared in small groups: even just regular students are sure they can't learn that way: other students aren't necessarily willing to participate
Developing reasoning powers because you have to figure things out
May not satisfy students who just want to know how to get an A

LOT more work!