Winterfest 2018 - The Role of Active Learning Strategies Part I
Teaching a large class can be a daunting experience for even the most seasoned instructor. Large lecture-based classes are often associated with student disengagement, surface learning, and high failure rate to name just a few. Some of these instructional challenges may seem inherent and insurmountable, but this does not have to be the case. The February 9th and 16th Winterfest workshop series led by six active learning champions will demonstrate how research-based active learning strategies can help deal with typical challenges of lecture-based teaching. From strategies to engage students in course readings before class to techniques used in class to promote cognitive engagement and conceptual learning, such as Peer Instruction, experiential learning activities, use of scaffolding tools and polling technology, etc., these interactive, participatory sessions will get every participant involved in visioning a shift from the traditional lecture format to a more learner-centred approach that addresses diverse learning styles and promote deep approaches to learning. Come join us! You will walk away with applicable ideas to implement in your own classes, small or large.