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Learning Activities

Most of these approaches to teaching and learning are applicable to large, medium-sized, and small classes alike. Most are applicable to all disciplines. The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence recommends the following as starting points for those beginning exploration: active learning, peer instruction, and team-based learning. Additional recommendations include: case-based learning, “flipping a classroom,” guided reflection, inquiry learning, and service learning. The remaining methodologies add further ideas on current thought in teaching and learning. (See the Library to find more resources on each of these topics.)

Additional Active Learning activities for creative thinking can be found at Liberating Structures

Additional Reading on Active Learning (docx)

  • Andragogy – adult students, as engaged learners, actively seek learning

Moving from Pedagogy to Andragogy - Discussion and critique of Andragogy: Andragogy: Adult Education and Learning at Its Best?  

Knowles’ Andragogy - General overview

  • Case-Based Learning - students “develop skills in analytical thinking and reflective judgment by reading and discussing complex, real-life scenarios.”
  • Contemplative Education – students develop awareness, insight, and compassion through learning.

Helpful webinars can be found at this website.

Guided Reflection questions (pdf)

  • Inquiry Learning - students ask questions, investigate solutions, create knowledge, discuss, and reflect on that knowledge.
  • Peer Instruction – students formulate an answer to a conceptual question, share it with a partner, compare their reasoning, come to a consensus, then submit their answer. An excellent video describing the research behind peer instruction is “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer”.
  • Multi-disciplinary Teaching Methodologies - e-exams, flipping a classroom, managing large data sets
  • Problem-Based Learning - “students work together to decide on a solution to a complex problem.”
  • Project-Based Learning - students “go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge.”
  • Service Learning - students link what they are learning in class with their experiences through critical reflection, while participating in direct, meaningful community service.

“Inequalities in Public Education: Service Learning as a Tool for Transformative Learning”

“Preparing a More Civic-Minded Graduate”

  • Student-Centered Teaching and Learning – shifts the focus of activity from the instructor to the students and incorporates active, cooperative, and inductive teaching and learning principles.
  • Team-Based Learning – “students work in the same teams all semester, taking group quizzes and using in-class application activities to reach consensus on complex decisions.” Team-Based Learning Collaborative
  • Transformative Learning –  students change cognitively and emotionally as the result of learning; action is guided by creating meaning through experience