Engaging students through active learning has been shown to improve learning outcomes across many contexts. Perhaps the largest set of active learning approaches uses collaborative learning techniques. Collaborative Learning Techniques is a handbook grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning that introduces teachers to 30 different collaborative learning techniques. Each technique includes organized information on what to do, how to do it, and why it is important to student learning. Underpinning all of these techniques, the authors also offer practical advice on how to form groups, assign roles, facilitative team success, and grade student participation.
Director for Scholarly Teaching and Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Active learning techniques can enhance classroom engagement and student learning, but how do we scale it up to provide these opportunities in larger classes? As daunting as it may seem, faculty can still use active learning techniques in classes of 40 or more students without sacrificing instructional time or cutting out content. In this 60-minute interactive webinar we will address the unique circumstances of teaching large classes using active learning techniques that reinforce conceptual understanding and require students to apply skills. Participants will learn about less commonly-used ways to integrate this pedagogical style into their classes.
Educational Specialist for Part-time Faculty Support and Part-Time Instructor of American Studies
In this workshop, author and fellow KSU faculty member Dr. Seneca Vaught will take us through the argument in his new book. We will consider the hidden costs of college and the shortcomings of considering education merely as a commodity, paying particular attention to groups of students who regularly shoulder more of that cost. We will broaden the definition of investment, moving from a guild mentality to considering long-term returns beyond financial earnings, so that we can have productive conversations with our students about the value of their education.
If you find yourself wondering why your students' exam results are often worse than their homework and class activity results, this workshop is for you. We will discuss strategies and tools to incorporate the use of purposeful knowledge network development throughout our teaching in order to help students transfer what they learn from lecture and practice to other contexts, including in exams and later in life.
Associate Director for Faculty Support & Associate Professor of Political Science