Friday, February 22, 2008
More on the study here:
Passive approaches emphasize:
- Watching video
- Listening to audio
- Observing demonstrations
Active approaches emphasize:
- Interaction through discussion
- Student<->student / faculty<->student interactions
- Student presentations
- Group projects
- Problem solving
- encourages contact between students and faculty
- develops reciprocity and cooperation among students
- encourages active learning
- gives prompt feedback
- emphasizes time on task
- communicates high expectations
- respects diverse talents and ways of learning
There are some fine examples in the original article (linked above).
- Knowledge involves active cognizing by the individual.
- Knowledge is adaptive, facilitating individual and social efficacy.
- Knowledge is subjective and self-organized, not objective.
- Knowledge acquisition involves both sociocultural and individual processes.
There are some great examples linked above.
- Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
- Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
- Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
- Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
- Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
- Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
- Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
- Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.
These features of blogs promote engagement, interactivity, reflection, review, commentary, linking to examples -- all qualities of active learning!
Having written that, the linked site is one from the University of Minnesota about how one can make ppt a tool for active learning!
The taxonomy circle is a most useful tool. Note that it combines the non-active roles of remember and understand - and separates out each of the active roles of:
Let's take a few minutes now to do some active learning ourselves! Would a couple of you come forward to give an example of how you address one or more of these activities in an online class?
(those reading the blog after the live session might put some examples in comments below)
Assessing Learning in Web-enhanced/Online Courses
Active Learning and Quality in Online Courses
Active Learning Online By the Numbers: A Compilation of Lists from Several Scholars of Active Learning with Technology