This week, we present you with a podcast episode! In this episode of Teach Better, Professor Lynn Regan shares active learning strategies she has used in her classes. She discusses how she structures group projects and some of the challenges of doing so.
Two of the biggest challenges are problem formulation and timing. Her solution is to talk for 20 minutes and then formulates questions that take groups to solve 15 minutes. Groups then present their problem solving processes and the class debriefs different methods and solutions before discussing the days’ takeaways. It is quite valuable to hear the reasoning behind her choices.
With Dr. Regan, hosts of the podcast discuss how to help students “do” things. They give examples of assigning specific tasks and roles in science and social science classes.