Active Learning Discussion Circle
The Active Learning Discussion Circle was formed as a result of the demand for flexible teaching spaces recognized across the university by the Registrar's Office, the Classroom Strategic Planning Workgroup, and the Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning. The purpose of this discussion circle is to share pedagogical strategies and ideas for incorporating the active learning instructional model to support student learning.
Executive Report on Active Learning:
This report was written by members of the Classroom Strategic Planning Workgroup in hopes of securing funding for a technology rich active learning classroom and an active learning symposium. Both requests were approved by the Provost's Office in the summer of 2015. As a result:
- The technology rich active learning classroom will be available through the registrar's office in Fall 2016 in the newly renovated College of Education Building.
- The Active Learning Symposium will take place in the Idaho Commons on Monday, April 25, 2016 - more details to follow
Active Learning Improves Student Performance
Is active learning worth the extra effort? Recent research supports the efficacy of active learning methods:
- “Enough With the Lecturing” - The largest and most comprehensive analysis ever published of studies comparing lecturing to active learning in undergraduate education, found a difference of 55 percent higher failure rate for non-active learning STEM courses. - National Science Foundation article, May 12, 2014.
- “Avoid Passive Learning” – Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburg LearnLab’s well-supported summary on techniques that support the effectiveness of active learning methods.
- “Flipped Learning in Higher Education” – 3 examples with effectiveness data from UW Seattle, UBC Vancouver, and UM Ann Arbor.
- “Flipped Learning – Effects on Student Achievement” – University of Northern Iowa
Active Learning Pedagogy
- Berk, R.A., & Trieber, R.H. (2009). "Whose Classroom is it Anyway? Improvisation as a Teaching Tool." Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 20 (3), 29-60.
Presentations to Promote Active Learning
- Teaching Excellence Brown Bag on Active Learning - September 17 2015: http://www.uidaho.edu/academicaffairs/teaching-excellence-brown-bag/past-tebb-talks/tebb-talk-6
- Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium - October 6, 2015: https://docs.google.com/presentation/u/1/d/1IYK-BtLD0x8OJ7FTMoLuMynZqbsUag8uOJ4_NzqbU_4/edit?usp=sharing
- ISEM 301 Course: file:///Users/cassidyh/Documents/ISEM%20301%20Active%20Learning%20proposal%20Oct%202015.htm