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Share Active/Collaborative Learning Strategies

February 2, 2012

When you learn a new concept or skill, do you learn best by listening to someone tell you about it and by watching someone else perform the skill?  Or do you learn best by practicing the skill or working through a problem yourself?  Research will support the premise that doing is better!  You have likely attended workshops and listened to speakers who champion the benefits of active and collaborative learning, and you may have already implemented some fantastic active and collaborative learning strategies in your classroom.   If you’ve always been an advocate of active learning, have you added anything new to your arsenal of tools lately?   

Will you share your strategies to inspire and assist your colleagues?  We are no different from our students; we also benefit from collaboration and active participation to stretch our imaginations and get our creative juices flowing.  Select an active or collaborative learning activity that you utilize in your classroom and share it with your colleagues by clicking on LEAVE A COMMENT below (you must also enter your name and e-mail).  Tell how students respond to the activity and how their learning has been affected.  Feel free to log in frequently to comment on the postings of others; perhaps share how their ideas could be incorporated into your classroom! 

Individuals who submit active or collaborative learning strategies by March 9 will be recognized at the end of the semester and will be eligible to win a $25 gift card from a random drawing.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Monique Perry permalink
    February 3, 2012 9:13 pm

    Today’s session was one of the best PD’s I’ve attended. The topic of blended generations in the workforce is a relevant one as we are in a time with potentially 4 different generations among us – what richness we have as Dr. Taylor would say! 🙂 From a student perspective our ability to understand behaviors and perceptions is imperative to designing an environment for optimal learning, but mit also highlights that some students may have unrealistic/unaligned expectations of the effort/true skills required for the workplace and success in college.

    This term, I am trying a new concept called a Global Professionalism Score (GPS). I explain to students that in the workplace typicall receive personal recognition every time they do things they are supposed to (arriving on time, completing assignments on time, communicating professionally, participation, etc.) as those things are a standards that employers expect – especially with the increased competitiveness among job applicants. 15%-25% of their grade (depending on the class) consists of their GPS score which includes a combination of attendance, preparedness, participation and overall professionalism. This helps reinforce to students that its not just important to be skilled, but to also have the soft skills necessary for success and promotability. If anyone wants more detail, please email. I look forward to learning more ideas from fellow faculty as well!

    Kudos to the ESSI commitee for bringing in Dr. Taylor!

  2. Deborah Dukes permalink
    March 2, 2012 5:18 pm

    Ditto to Monique’s first and last paragraph! Like the GPS concept – will contact you.

    I attended a New Paradigms for College Teaching workshop and have enjoyed using the You Have An Appointment With…technique in my classes. Using the class roster is a quick, easy way to pair-up students; for example, first student on the roster is paired up with the last student on the roster. I have seen students that are “quiet as a mouse” and are reluctant to speak up in class come alive with sharing their thoughts and opinions when paired with another student. This is also a great strategy for students getting to know each other at the beginning of the semester.

    ECD 135 – You have an Appointment With…

    While reading the journal article provided by your instructor note what is new and what areas generate questions for you. Your role is to read the questions below and explain your response to your new partner. Take a minute to think about how you would like to frame a response to the questions.

    What did you learn from reading the Reality Check – How is America Eating? What questions do you have?

    You have an appointment with ___________________.

    Greet and introduce yourself. Decide who will respond first. After both of you have heard from each other and questions have been discussed, please remain seated for next instructions.

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