Group work, breakout rooms, small group activities: no matter what we call them, students tend to dislike them. We know that, when well designed, active learning techniques are demonstrably more effective at producing meaningful, durable learning than the passive consumption of educational content via lecture/reading. We will start this session by looking at common sources of failure for breakout rooms and small group activities. Then, we will critique the conventional wisdom of active learning design, some of which reproduces the very problematics that cause our breakout rooms to founder. We’ll spend the bulk of our time together exploring an entirely new approach to active learning. The unique design strategies you’ll learn in this session will empower you to create exciting, pragmatic, and exquisitely relevant active learning experiences for your students.
You will leave with an active learning activity that you can implement in your very next remote synchronous class. This session is particularly relevant to instructors who have adopted or are considering the adoption of flipped classroom pedagogies in their remote synchronous courses.
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