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1 Katie Winsett, PhD Biology Department kewinsett@usi.edu Preparing the Environment for Active Learning: examples from the large enrollment classroom.

2 “An important part of our job as teachers is equipping as many of our students as possible with high-level problem-solving and thinking skills, including critical and creative thinking. If there is a broad agreement about anything in educational research, it’s that well-implemented learner-centered instruction is much more effective than traditional lecture-based instruction at promoting those skills.” Richard Felder, Chemical Engineering Education 45 (2011).

3 Thoughts from experience and the literature  Upfront preparation  The syllabus  Blackboard  Detailed directions  Organized chaos  Introductions

4 Thoughts from experience and the literature  Upfront preparation  Organized chaos  Given the right tools, students will talk about the content  Be very clear on how this works.  Consciously address the environment  Introductions

5 Thoughts from experience and the literature  Upfront preparation  Organized chaos  Introductions  They don’t know each other  Consciously address this

6 Final thoughts  There will be resistance.  Things will not go as planned.  Students will learn.  Be idealistic about it; the literature supports your effort.  Be prepared.  Remind yourself why you do it.  Reread student reflective assignments  John Hunter: The World Peace Game John Hunter: The World Peace Game


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