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Implementing simple active learning activities into your teaching session

Description

Melanie Roberts from Allied Health Sciences shares her ideas on implementing some simple active learning activities into her teaching.

Approach

Melanie’s approach to using active learning is ‘intentional’. In this video, she shares with colleagues what she wants her students to do in each section of her teaching session and selects a simple active learning activity to help her achieve her goal (intention).

The table below outlines the sections of Melanie’s teaching session, her intentions and the Active Learning activities she describes in the video.

Section of teaching session

Intention for the session

Active Learning activity

Introduction (Set)

First 5-10 minutes of the teaching session

Introduce new theory/content

Promote reflection and critical thinking

Guided Video Viewing

Body (Dialogue)

Main part of teaching session

Promote collaboration and sharing of knowledge among students

Encourage deep thinking about content

Draw on student's existing knowledge in the classroom to motivate students by showing them what they know and to identify gaps in learning

Round Robin

Conclusion (Closure)

Final 5-10 minutes of the teaching session

Student self-evaluation and self-directed learning

Generate questions for clarification

One Minute Paper

Outcomes

According to Melanie, some of the intended outcomes for the students are:

  • To engage them in their learning throughout the teaching session
  • Deep learning through reflection, questioning, and explaining knowledge to peers
  • Self-evaluation of knowledge acquisition

Enabling Technology

None of the activities described by Melanie require technology.

Implement

Melanie believes that any of these activities can be implemented in both face to face and online teaching; and in small and large classes. Her advice to colleagues is “When introducing active learning into your teaching, start small and prepare your students for what you expect them to do."

Next Steps

If you would like to learn more, Melanie has offered to share her experiences with these active learning activities with her colleagues. She also intends to implement other simple activities into her teaching.

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Preferred Citation

Roberts, M & Learning Futures (2019). Implementing simple active learning activities into your teaching session. Retrieved from https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/exlnt/entry/4245/view