Active Learning Week - Oct. 23-Oct. 27

“The best teaching method is to have students put in effort to learn things themselves. You can’t become an athlete by watching someone play.” - Ben Bederson, Associate Provost of Learning Initiatives

Active Learning Week is an annual call to instructors to promote active learning in their classrooms

Active learning emphasizes that education is not a spectator sport - students learn best when they engage beyond listening and reading. 

Did you know that while active learning benefits all students, it can particularly benefit female, minority, low-income and first-generation students? (NY Times)

Celebrate Active Learning Week

1) Attend an open-house course observation (below). Signs up will be live Oct. 9 and close Oct. 20. (Faculty, staff, and graduate students only, please.)

2) Participate in the scavenger hunt (opens Monday, Oct. 23 and closes Friday, Oct. 27). You could win prizes! Should only take about 30 minutes to complete.

3) Attend the workshop on Monday, Oct. 23 on active learning techniques - includes lunch! Advanced registration required; sign up here.

4) Check out our suggestions for Active and Collaborative Learning.

5) Join in the online discussion using #ActiveLearningWeek and #TeachTerps on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. All week long we'll have tips and photos. 


Course Observations

Seating is limited and varies by course (some are as few as 2). Advanced registration is required and ends at noon on Oct. 20 or when seats are gone. The registration password is “ALW”.

MONDAY, OCT. 23

Math 410 - Advanced Calculus I (Kasso Okoudjou) - FULL
9-9:50am in MTH 0307
# of students: 28

What you’ll see: Group work which may include a group quiz.
Register here with password “ALW”

 

EDCI 443 Literature for Children and Youth (Margaret Peterson)
1-3:45pm in 2212
# of students: 23

What’s you’ll see: Student led, mediated and assessed Literature Circle discussion of a course assigned text. Active discussion and critical literacy techniques to discuss "classics" in children's literature, including fairy tales.
Register here with password “ALW”

 

EDCI 675: Learning to Teach and Learn Science (Alex Chumbley)
5:30-8:30pm in Laurel College Center 511
# of students: 28

What you’ll see: Whole Group Discussion
Individual Work Session
Critical -  Peer Feedback Session
Register here with password “ALW”

 

PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology (Scott Roberts)
6-7:15pm in HJP 2242
# of students: 40

What you’ll see: Students will be participating in various small-group discussion and activities, utilizing whiteboards to diagram course concepts, and answering assessment and opinion questions with clickers.
Register here with password “ALW" 

 

PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology (Scott Roberts)
7:30-8:45pm in HJP 2242
# of students: 40

What you’ll see:Students will be participating in various small-group discussion and activities, utilizing whiteboards to diagram course concepts, and answering assessment and opinion questions with clickers.
Register here with password “ALW” 


TUESDAY, OCT. 24

UMEI 005 - 0101 Advanced English as a Foreign Language (Dee Broughton) 
9-10:50am in Tawes 1320
# of students: 12

What you’ll see:  Students working together to answer open-book quiz questions. They must negotiate answers within small groups and across entire class independent of instructor.
Register here with password “ALW” 

UMEI 005 - Advanced English as a Foreign Language (Eda Aladagli Yoon) 
9-10:50am in ATL 1114
# of students: 11

What you’ll see: 

  • Group discussion 
  • Peer review
  • Generating questions
  • Roundtable discussion 
  • ELMS tools

Register here with password “ALW” 

 

INST 126 - Introduction to Programming for Information Science (Bill Kules) - FULL
9:30-10:45am in HJP 2242
# of students: 60

What you’ll see:

1. Mini-lectures and discussion interspersed with hands-on pair programming activities, using a 6-Round TERP classroom.
2. Academic Peer Mentors (AMPs) assist with hands-on activities.
3. Arrive at 9:00 to observe the pre-class meeting with AMPs
Register here with password “ALW” 


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25

HONR238C - Future of Energy & Climate Policy (Tyson Slocum)
3- 5:30pm in ESJ 1215
# of students: 20

What you’ll see:Guest speaker energy/climate journalist Rod Kuckro. Plus class discussions of advocacy strategies around fracking.
Register here with password “ALW” 


THURSDAY, OCT. 26

BSCI160 Principles of Evolution and Ecology (Marcia Shofner)
9:30-10:45am in ESJ 1224
# of students: 142

What you’ll see:

1. Group work led by undergraduate learning assistants (ULAs)
2. Reporting out by group members to class at strategic times throughout the class period
3. A learning activity led by the ULAs on Human Evolution. We are in a unit on Diversity in the Tree of Life and this is the last topic we cover before the exam, so there will also be a review period about the exam at the end of the class.
Register here with password “ALW”

 

EDSP 499 Teaching students with disabilities in elementary classrooms (Susan De La Paz)
11-12:15pm in ESJ 1309
# of students: 27

What you’ll see:
1. Students engaged in group problem solving application activities
2. Use of ELMS tools and Padlet
Register here with password “ALW”

 

BSCI160 Principles of Evolution and Ecology (Marcia Shofner)
12:30-1:45pm in ESJ 1224
# of students: 142

What you’ll see:

1. Group work led by undergraduate learning assistants (ULAs)
2. Reporting out by group members to class at strategic times throughout the class period
3. A learning activity led by the ULAs on Human Evolution. We are in a unit on Diversity in the Tree of Life and this is the last topic we cover before the exam, so there will also be a review period about the exam at the end of the class.
Register here with password “ALW”

 

ARHU 158J - Explorations in Arts and Humanities: Who Belongs?: Practices of Citizenship in US Democracy (Kristy Maddux- FULL
3:30-4:45pm in Tawes 1313
# of students: 22

What you’ll see: We will be in game session 6 of 9 in the Reacting to the Past game Greenwich Village 1913. The students will all be in character, and will be advocating for their character's position on the issues of the day (woman suffrage and labor rights, primarily). They may caucus in their factions, give speeches, or deal with unexpected events. Any known visitors to the class can be given a small role in the game if interested. If you would like a role in the game then you need to stay the whole time.
Register here with password “ALW”

 

ARCH 226 - History of World Architecture II (Isabelle Gournay and Cynthia Field)
4-4:45pm in ESJ 2204
# of students: 100

What you’ll see: Teams working to transform a steel skeleton into the facade of a historic skyscraper, drawing inspiration from buildings of reference. 
Register here with password “ALW”


FRIDAY, OCT. 27

INAG102 - Agricultural Entrepreneurship (Larisa Cioaca)
12-12:50pm in Jull Hall 1123
# of students: 30

What you’ll see:

1. Students will be asked to participate in Think - Pair - Share discussions
2. Students will work in groups to draft a projected Profit & Loss Statement on their laptops
3. Student comprehension will be assessed throughout the lecture through purposeful questioning
4. Use of LaunchPad Central software
Register here with password “ALW”

 

BSCI207 Principles of Biology III - Organismal Biology (Eric Haag)
3-3:50pm in ESJ 1224
# of students: 140

What you’ll see:
1. We will be using a Java simulator (Phet simulator) to analyze the transport of molecules through a cell membrane. Students will collect data and enter them in real time on a cloud-based spreadsheet (Google Sheets) that integrates the entire class' numbers.
2. The instructor can provide the links so you can try the simulator and spreadsheet out yourself.
Register here with password “ALW”