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Active learning in large classes
There is an overhwlming body of research indicating that students learn more if they are challenged to work on well-designed tasks during class meeting times. Faculty are desciding to use the valuable face-to-face class time on tasks that require a community
- Students wrestling with new concepts via group discussions
- Scaffolding skills on complex problems
To prepare for these face-to-face meetings students watch pre-lecture video clips before class and complete exercises on core concepts.
Some of the lessons learned during implementation are
- It is necessary to forge consensus on the key learning outcomes of the course and ensure that face-to-face activities focus on these
- It is necessary to assess for these outcomes so faculty can track improvements
- Active learning in large lectures requires undergraduate learning assistants to help student groups as they work on the in-class challenges.
- The quality of the in-class material is important. Students are likely to get frustrated if they are asked to work on complex application exercises without having first explored the concepts. A useful framework is the Karplus learning cycle.
|Bio 212||Principles of Biology II||1000|
|Chem 324||Intro to Quantum Mechanics||300|
|Phys 361||Classical Mechanics||50|
|Phys 362||Intermediate Mechanics||40|