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Active Learning: Theories, Tools, and Tips

Ended May 23, 2019
11 credits

Spots remaining: 2

Full course description

Date: May 22nd and 23rd, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Term: Summer 2019
Location: Torgersen 1120
Presented By: Professional Development Network (PDN) Previously Network Learning Initiative (NLI)
Instructor: Marc Robert Zaldivar

Active Learning is not a new idea.  Simply put, it is engaging students in learning that is not simply “sit and listen.”  We know that learners learn best when they get to practice, do, create, and explore hands-on.  

However, with larger sections of courses, with online and blended environments, and with the proliferation of new educational technologies, active learning offers new opportunities and addresses new challenges as well.

In this workshop, we will explore the theories that inform active learning principles.  In addition, we will look at some specific tools, technologies and strategies that can help you plan and assess active learning within your course.

Come ready to create!  By the end of this workshop, each faculty member will design at least one activity, including the outcomes, activity, and assessment plan, that will incorporate active learning principles within their course.  

  • By attending this workshop, participants will be able to
  • Describe active learning theories and practices that would be appropriate for their instructional situations.
  • Draft a plan for instruction using active learning principles.
  • Identify technologies and tools that would be appropriate to support active learning strategies in their instructional contexts.
  • Identify spaces that would support and enable active learning strategies in their instructional contexts.