Presentation on theme: "Introduction to Active Learning"— Presentation transcript:
1 Introduction to Active Learning Energizing the ClassroomBrian Rybarczyk, Ph.D.UNC Chapel HillDepartment of Biology
2 Objectives Introduce concept of active learning Demonstrate techniques & activitiesIncorporate active learning into your future teaching
3 da Vinci and the Renaissance Embodies essence of the Renaissance‘Rebirth’ of learningThinking outside the boxIdeasDiscoveryExperimentChange is good
4 Write down ways that your professors taught you Brainstorm ActivityWrite down ways that your professors taught youEffective methodsIneffective methods
5 Brainstorm Activity II What are some ways you learn best now as a scientist?
6 What is Active Learning? 100active learninglecture% Retained50102030405060Time of class (min)From: McKeachie, Teaching tips: Strategies, research and theory for for college and university teachers, Houghton-Mifflin (1998)
8 What is Active Learning? students solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, explain, debate, or brainstorm during classProblem-Based LearningCooperative LearningLearn By DoingInquiry-based learningActive Learning
9 What is the purpose? Increase student participation Increase student engagementIncrease student retentionMore student ownership in courseLess lecturing by instructorMore exciting classroom experienceHigher level thinking
10 Improving Lectures Plan objectives Include graphics, charts, graphs, etcPlan what you want to annotateLearn students’ namesCue important pointsGive short activitiesGive students time to generate questionsHave students summarize major points
11 Examples of Active Learning Dr. Robert Beichner – NCSUSCALE-UP – researching effectiveness of active learning in physics and chemistryExample of SCALE-UP Activity
12 Active Techniques Think-pair-share (pair-share) Role playing, simulationsMuddiest point/clearest pointGroup quizzingGenerate listsCooperative learningMinute papers and writing assignmentsPBL and case studiesConcept maps
17 Concerns & IssuesWhat are your concerns about using active learning activities & techniques?
18 Suggestions Describe to the students what is happening and why State expectationsIncorporate assessments with activitiesStart off simple (low risk)Ask questions, walk around classroom, be attentive to student questionsHave students rely on each other
19 ResourcesNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (case study collection):Problem Based Learning (U of Delaware):MERLOT – (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online TeachingJournals of Interest:Innovate:CBE Life Science Education –Journal of College Science Teaching –Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education –