Active Learning – CEEA15 Workshop

Here are the slides for today’s CEEA15 workshop on Active Learning in the Engineering Classroom:

Remember, our goal is to improve and deepen student learning through active and collaborative involvement in their own education!

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Ideas, Strategies, and Tools to Enhance the Teaching/Learning Environment

imageThere are so many valuable educational resources available to us these days. Check out the 6 Months of Educational Tweets posts in the Resources section for a categorized recap of my tweets (@ProfNancyNelson) over the last six months. Make it your goal to implement at least one idea, strategy, or tool to enhance the teaching/learning environment for your students.

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Flipping your Classroom

flippedClassAs someone who is a great proponent of a flipped classroom, I set out to prove to myself that the process was making my students more accountable for their learning, increasing their depth of knowledge, and better engaging them in the classroom. Read more on my findings in the Flipping the Engineering Classroom post in the Flipped Classroom section of this blog. See the slides from today’s presentation here.

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The Essentials of Project Based Learning

PBL InfographicProject Based Learning (PBL) offers students the opportunity to explore and solve authentic, complex, open-ended problems. This approach encourages deeper learning, makes students more accountable for their own learning, and when implemented well, really engages students in what they are learning.

Read more about why PBL is a useful methodology, what PBL is, and how to implement it in the Project Based Learning post in the PBL section of this blog. See the slides from today’s presentation here .

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Tapping into TED

Talk Like TED Infographic As this year’s conference season approaches, it’s time for all presenters to start thinking about what to say and how to say it so that they can have the biggest impact on their audiences. I’ve tapped into some really insightful pointers in Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED book that you might find helpful.

Read more in The Road to a Great Presentation posted in the Insights section of this blog.

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Active Learning Series – Flip that Classroom

As promised, here are the slides from yesterday’s workshop.

Remember that our goal in flipping a classroom is to move away from a teacher-centric classroom to a student-centred learning environment.

Hope to see most of you at the proposed E3 workshop on creating your own videos.

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Providing Meaningful Feedback

Giving meaningful, constructive feedback is one of the more difficult tasks that we have to do as teachers. To maintain objectivity, we often choose to use rubrics (usually with explanatory comments), but sometimes that just doesn’t convey the depth and breadth of feedback that we feel is necessary for further learning and growth.

This week I had the opportunity to share a technique that I have been using in my classroom for the last few years. It’s based on Edward de Bono’s Thinking Hats and is very useful when evaluating presentations, concept summaries, and even computer programs. Since one of the CEDP small group responsibilities is providing feedback to peers as they present a lesson plan, it was a perfect opportunity to stretch how we framed our observations and were able to provide more comprehensive, useful feedback.

Here’s what we did … each person was assigned a different ‘Hat’ to wear during a presentation. Depending on the colour of hat each observer was ‘wearing’ they focused on one particular aspect of the presentation in order to provide more specific, and therefore meaningful feedback. The role of each Hat is described below:

People wearing the White Hat objectively looked at the presentation … did it have the appropriate contents, was there a logical progression of topics, was it completed within the allotted time, and did it follow any prescribed methodology.

People wearing the Red Hat reported how the presentation made them feel … no explanation required.

Yellow Hat wearers watched and listened for things that the presenter did well and commented on why those things should be continued.

Black Hat wearers looked for things that detracted from the presentation. They cautioned the presenter about why these things reduced the effectiveness of delivery.

People wearing Green Hats looked for growth opportunities … things that might help the presenter improve different aspects of the presentation such as content, presentation style, and use of media).

The one Blue Hat wearer acted as the facilitator/manager. This person monitored the time and summarized the verbal feedback provided by wearers of the other Hats.

After a great session of presentations where we practiced (and got much better at )giving meaningful feedback, a link to this blog posting with a great mind map showing the Six Thinking Hats was waiting for me in my RSS feeds when I got home …

Mind Map of the Six Thinking Hats – Radiant Thinking meets Lateral Thinking | Mind Map Tutor

A little bit of synchronicity here??

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