Active Learning Strategies
Instructor: Mimi O'Malley
Dates: December 2nd, 2019 through January 3rd, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Traditional lecture tends to overload students with information which becomes difficult to comprehend or simply repeats textbook readings. Active learning allows students to digest information sequenced through activities. This course will explore active learning strategies for both in-class and online courses and instruction. Cooperative, collaborative, problem-based, and project-based learning will be explored. Reviewing assessments of active learning strategies will also be discussed. The course will conclude with potential barriers along with strategies to keep students motivated during active learning. Participants will complete the course with one active learning activity to incorporate into a class or instruction.
Note on the December 2019 session:
We will have the normal 4 weeks worth of content, with an extended time frame due to the holidays. I will ask that you share your expected schedule with me before or during the first week of the course, so that I have a better idea of what level of participation to expect at what time. For example, those who celebrate Hanukkah are welcome to start during the second week of the course. Those who celebrate Christmas may wish to complete all four weeks worth of readings and posts in the first three weeks, or save week four's content for the week of Dec 31-Jan 3; those who wish to finish up earlier will be asked to check back in during the first week of January to read and possibly respond to comments on their posts.
This course can be taken as one of the courses in our eight-course Certificate in Library Instruction, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Mimi O’Malley is the learning technology translation strategist at Spalding University. She helps faculty prepare course content for hybrid and fully online courses in addition to incorporating open education resources into courses. She previously wrote and facilitated professional development courses and workshops at the Learning House, Inc. Mimi has presented workshops on online learning topics including assessment, plagiarism, copyright, and curriculum trends at the Learning House, Inc. CONNECT Users Conference, SLOAN-C ALN, Pencils and Pixels and New Horizons Teaching & Learning Conference. Interview with Mimi O'Malley
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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