The Power of Prediction: Activating Prior Knowledge to Boost Learning In a traditional course structure, we deliver information through readings, lectures, and other instructional activities. Students are then asked to practice the skills or application of information we’ve provided by answering questions or solving problems. What would happen if we asked students to answer these
Flipping for Active, Engaged Learning The term “flipped learning” is no longer new in higher education, but what does it mean for Chapman’s mission of personalized education? Flipped learning is based on an inverted model of traditional teaching, in which students listen to lectures in class and complete learning tasks like problem sets at home.
Let’s Get Loud: The Sound of Learning We know that active learning is effective, but what does it sound like in the classroom? Germano and Nicholls (2020) challenge us to think about the “acoustics” of good pedagogy, or what a classroom with active, engaged students actually sounds like. Rather than a lengthy solo performed by
Professional Development? But I’m Already a Good Teacher! According to Goobler (2019), most academics still receive little to no preparation for teaching in their graduate programs. And, although pedagogical coaching services and resources are available through teaching and learning centers like CETL, Mintz (2022) argues that most faculty don’t take advance of these services because
Easy Active Teaching Strategies for Engaged Learning As the Spring sunshine beckons students away from their studies and they drift into a mid-semester slump, it can be challenging to engage them in learning. “To learn, students need to DO something” (Gonzalez, 2018), which is why active learning is an important strategy in any classroom. As
Creating Interactive Lectures and Active Discussions Research tells us that students are more likely to be engaged and to retain information in an active learning environment than in a purely lecture-based class. Creating interactive lectures that include active discussions encourages student engagement and helps develop students’ critical thinking and communication skills. Active class discussions also
Priming Students for Success Students come to us with a wealth of preexisting knowledge, skills, beliefs, and attitudes, which influence how they attend to, interpret, and organize new information. How they process information will, in turn, influence how they recall, think, apply, and create new knowledge. Having a sense of what students know and can