Active Learning in the College Classroom
Teaching Practices that Foster Student Engagement
Workshop and materials prepared by:
Eric Gobel, Department of Psychology
Jane Marone, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
Mike Stieff, Department of Chemistry
Maria Varelas, Department of Curriculum & Instruction and Director of the Center of the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities (TLC)
Explore a variety of instructional practices that offer students opportunities to engage and interact with content and each other in meaningful and diverse ways. Topics discussed in the presentation include concept mapping, multimodality, peer instruction and group work, use of classroom response systems (e.g., clickers), and frequent informal assessment of student thinking. Understand principles behind each practice, and demonstrate ways to enact this practice in large and small classes. Participants will have the opportunity to develop ways to implement these practices in their own classes.
Workshop Material (available to UIC users only)
Materials are available to UIC users via the following link:
Examples and Resources:
Research Publications on CmapTools & Concept Mapping
Hay D, Kinchin I, Lygo-Baker S. 2008. Making learning visible: the role of concept mapping in higher education. Studies in Higher Education 33(3): 295-311.
Canas A.J. 2003. A Summary of Literature Pertaining to the Use of Concept Mapping Techniques and Technologies for Education and Performance Support. The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.
Eppler MJ. 2006. A comparison between concept maps, mind maps, conceptual diagrams, and visual metaphors as complementary tools for knowledge construction and sharing. Information Visualization 5: 202-210.
Using concepts maps to assess learning
Bruff, D. (2009). Teaching with classroom response systems: Creating active learning environments. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass (Wiley).
Improved Learning in a Large-Enrollment Physics Class
Supporting Online Material for “Improved Learning in a Large-Enrollment Physics Class” (with examples of clicker questions in the domain of physics)
Role-Play: An Often Misused Active Learning Strategy
Using Role-Play Scenarios in the IR Classroom: An Examination of Exercises on Peacekeeping Operations and Foreign Policy Decision Making
Understanding Social Injustice by Walking in Another Person’s Shoes
Responding to Overt Displays of Prejudice: A Role-Playing Exercise
Performing arts (dance and theatre) and their role in learning: Science Choreography
Role-Playing History Game Gets Students Jazzed
A mock legislative debate to enhance and integrate student understanding of climate change science, policy, economics and ethics in InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching About Earth for a Sustainable Future)