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Thursday, June 19 • 10:30am - 11:20am
CON4.04 – From Passive to Active Learners: Enhanced Learning & Engaged Students (Room A236)

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Teaching in an active learning classroom has changed the way we teach and learn. Active learning could be considered a high-impact practice due to the fact that it “demands [that students] interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters…over extended periods of time” (Kuh, 2008). Active learning also exceeds the boundaries of the individual learner and permeates other layers in and outside the classroom, fostering active communication among learners.  Synergies of knowledge and sharing of resources are present at all times. This is not always common in the standard classroom. Education should be seen as a situation or process which provides opportunity for individuals to come into presence, that is, to show who they are and where they stand. Active learning provides this opportunity by offering the space and time to apply knowledge through tailored engaging activities while offering the opportunity for students and instructors to reflect on the teaching and learning process (Bietsa, 2004). The end result is a more robust and transformative experience.

This workshop will offer the opportunity to explore a variety of teaching and learning activities in an active learning classroom applied in two different disciplines, History and Languages and Literatures, that could be applicable to any field. Samples will be presented and we will reflect on how the crafting of these activities and their implementation has not only changed the students’ learning experience but has also impacted and transformed the teaching process. Handouts and course outlines will be shared.

Thursday June 19, 2014 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
A236 McArthur Hall

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