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1 Motivating Active and Group Learning Steve Wolfman University of Washington CCSC-NW 2002

2  t Steve Wolfman - UW2 Why Active and Group Learning? Flagging attention [McConnell’s meds, Bligh’s heart rate/memory] Critical/Higher-order thinking [Bloom’s Taxonomy] Varied learning styles [Felder’s Learning Styles] Constructivist knowledge building “ZoPeDs” [Vygotsky’s Zones of Proximal Development] Communicating ideas

3  t Steve Wolfman - UW3 Why worry about motivation? Help students understand why active and group learning Get students to –Engage –Connect –Communicate –Interact

4  t Steve Wolfman - UW4 Rules of Thumb for Motivation Disclose your reasons Diversify your exercises Make engaging exercises Design for groups

5  t Steve Wolfman - UW5 Rule of Thumb #1: Disclose Tell students what you and they are doing and why; follow up! –first day shout –learning styles descriptions [Thomas et al.] –explaining group work/learning styles results [Deibel] –problems w/motivation w/out explicit follow-up

6  t Steve Wolfman - UW6 Rule of Thumb #2: Diversify Embrace diversity in your problems, your students’ solutions, and in your students. –data structures problems [Deibel] –syntactic salt –“little sister” CAT [VanDeGrift] –prime words

7  t Steve Wolfman - UW7 Rule of Thumb #3: Make engaging problems Create problems with intrinsic interest. –disequilibration [Reed] Let’s Make a Deal, board problem –experimentation Sort Detective [Levine] –real-world connection execution time w/out loops, real clients in SE –group atmosphere game shows, show-and-tell 1 st part 2/3 of original 2 nd part st

8  t Steve Wolfman - UW8 Rule of Thumb #4: Design for groups Encourage “interdependence” in groups [Johnson&Johnson, Felder&Brent] –challenging problems –resource interdependence Jigsaw Learning, Latent Jigsaw [Deibel] –variety of perspectives –gender/diversity issues Corollary: get to know your students!

9  t Steve Wolfman - UW9 Bonus Rule of Thumb: Manage Expectations

10  t Steve Wolfman - UW10 References Jeffrey McConnell on Active Learning Johnson and Johnson on Cooperative and Collaborative Learning Dave Reed on disequilibration David Levine on experimentation Eric Roberts on engaging the group


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