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1 Introduction to Active Learning
Energizing the Classroom Brian Rybarczyk, Ph.D. UNC Chapel Hill Department of Biology

2 Objectives Introduce concept of active learning
Demonstrate techniques & activities Incorporate active learning into your future teaching

3 da Vinci and the Renaissance
Embodies essence of the Renaissance ‘Rebirth’ of learning Thinking outside the box Ideas Discovery Experiment Change is good

4 Write down ways that your professors taught you
Brainstorm Activity Write down ways that your professors taught you Effective methods Ineffective methods

5 Brainstorm Activity II
What are some ways you learn best now as a scientist?

6 What is Active Learning?
100 active learning lecture % Retained 50 10 20 30 40 50 60 Time of class (min) From: McKeachie, Teaching tips: Strategies, research and theory for for college and university teachers, Houghton-Mifflin (1998)

7 What is Active Learning?

8 What is Active Learning?
students solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, explain, debate, or brainstorm during class Problem-Based Learning Cooperative Learning Learn By Doing Inquiry-based learning Active Learning

9 What is the purpose? Increase student participation
Increase student engagement Increase student retention More student ownership in course Less lecturing by instructor More exciting classroom experience Higher level thinking

10 Improving Lectures Plan objectives
Include graphics, charts, graphs, etc Plan what you want to annotate Learn students’ names Cue important points Give short activities Give students time to generate questions Have students summarize major points

11 Examples of Active Learning
Dr. Robert Beichner – NCSU SCALE-UP – researching effectiveness of active learning in physics and chemistry Example of SCALE-UP Activity

12 Active Techniques Think-pair-share (pair-share)
Role playing, simulations Muddiest point/clearest point Group quizzing Generate lists Cooperative learning Minute papers and writing assignments PBL and case studies Concept maps


14 Reading Primary Literature
Provide one figure/table to each student group Propose a title for the paper Delete abstract and have students write a summary

15 Case Studies

16 Case Studies

17 Concerns & Issues What are your concerns about using active learning activities & techniques?

18 Suggestions Describe to the students what is happening and why
State expectations Incorporate assessments with activities Start off simple (low risk) Ask questions, walk around classroom, be attentive to student questions Have students rely on each other

19 Resources National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (case study collection): Problem Based Learning (U of Delaware): MERLOT – (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching Journals of Interest: Innovate: CBE Life Science Education – Journal of College Science Teaching – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education –

20 Brian Rybarczyk, Ph.D.

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