23 Techniques of Active Learning

This week’s posting offers 23 techniques of active learning. The techniques range from think/pair/share where students are prompted to think about a question, then share it in groups of two, and finally share it with the rest of the students, to peer surveys where...

A Concise Guide to the Science of Learning

This week, we are treated to a concise guide to the science of learning. Annie Murphy Paul covers a lot of ground, providing resources for each principle, in particular those related to cognitive science. Here are two very interesting comments with related resources...

Of the Importance of Early Assessments

As the semester is starting, David Gooblar offers us insight this week into the importance of early feedback on students’ work. Early feedback means assessments early in the semester. This feedback can be a key for students to adjust their practices of learning in the...

Active Learning when Students are not Interested

In this article, David Gooblar tackles a very difficult topic for those who practice active-learning: why some students refuse to get engaged in active learning activities. [I]f you mention to your colleagues that you are thinking of integrating more of these...

First Day of Class

In this article, Dr. Jennifer Garrett and Mary Clement talk about the importance of the first day of class. They introduce a tool they call “Today We Will list” to help maximize instructional time and minimize classroom management efforts. Having the list...