Using Technology Tools to Facilitate Active Learning

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<ul><li><p>to facilitate active learningSeth Allen, MLIS, MA Instructional Technologist South College </p><p>Using Technology Tools</p></li><li><p>Defining Active LearningActive learning is generally defined as any instructional method that engages students in the learning process (Prince, 2004, p. 1). </p><p>Active learning activities:</p><p> Take place in the classroom Require that students to actively engage with </p><p>new concepts Challenge student to reflect on their learning</p></li><li><p>Why is Active Learning Important?Svinicki and McKeachie (2011) assert that active learning activities are important because they:</p><p> Connect new concepts with students existing knowledge</p><p> Eliminate the illusion of understanding; not being able to apply new facts</p><p> Motivate students to do something rather than passively hear lectures (p. 169-70). </p><p>Additionally, most students lose focus after 15 minutes of lecturing (Eisen, 2010, p. 2).</p></li><li><p>Typical Active Learning ActivitiesTypical active learning activities include: </p><p> One minute paper Muddiest or clearest point Instant polls Think-pair-share Brainstorming Concept maps Analytical questions</p></li><li><p>on MoodleActive Learning Tools</p></li><li><p>Active Learning Activities in MoodleTo use the following activities:</p><p>1) Turn on the editing button, 2) Click Add an activity or resource in the desired week 3) Add desired activity.</p><p>How-to guides on these activities are available on South Colleges ITech site.</p><p></p></li><li><p>on the open webActive Learning Tools</p></li><li><p>Sample Concept MapConcept maps, or mind maps, allow students to rehearse their learning, use relevant vocabulary, and deepen their thinking (as cited in Dean et al, 2012, p. 93). </p><p>Some online tools for concept mapping include:</p><p> Coogle </p><p>Image taken from p. 94 of Classroom Instruction that Works (2nd ed). </p><p></p></li><li><p>Think-Pair-ShareThink-pair-share involves:</p><p>1) Instructor proposes question/idea2) Students brainstorm their responses </p><p>individually3) Students assemble in groups to </p><p>discuss their answers. Optionally, instructor might ask groups to share with class</p><p>Padlet and Google Docs are good tools for facilitating think-pair-share. </p><p>Example of a Padlet wall</p><p>Padlet Tutorial</p><p></p></li><li><p>Instant PollsKahoot is a free tool to create quizzes, surveys, and discussions. Educators can set up quizzes on and invite students to play using their computers or mobile devices. </p><p>Lets Play!</p><p>Lets get started by going to and typing in the following password: 942269</p><p>Other Free Pooling Tools:</p><p> GoSoapBox Peardeck Integrates </p><p>PowerPoints</p><p></p></li><li><p>about active learningLearning More</p></li><li><p>Active Learning Resources Active Learning for the College Classroom </p><p>(Web page) Twilight of the Lecture (Article) Making Active Learning Work (Web page) Active Learning in Online Training: What </p><p>E-Learning Professionals Should Know (Article) Active Learning Strategies in Face-to-Face </p><p>Courses (Article) Not Every Idea Needs a Tool, But Every Tool </p><p>Needs an Idea (Blog post)</p><p></p></li><li><p>Works Cited in This Presentation Dean, C.B, Hubbell, E.R., Pitler, H., &amp; Stone, B. (2012). Classroom instruction that works (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.</p><p>Eisen, J. (2010 Mar). Using active learning instructional strategies to create excitement and enhance learning [PDF]. Retrieved from</p><p>Prince, M. (2004). Does active learning work? A review of the research. Journal of Engineering Education, 93(3), 223-231.</p><p>Svinicki, M. &amp; McKeachie, W. (2011). McKeachies teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for </p><p>college and university teachers. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. </p></li></ul>


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