Classrooms that are student-centered rather than instructor-centered encourage students to actively engage in the material being taught instead of passively listening and taking notes. This type of learning environment requires students to be prepared for class, as they will need to actively participate and comment in discussion. Active learning encourages students to view peers and the community as additional authorities on the subject they are learning.
Flipped Your Classroom Yet?
Posted on January 10, 2014 by Sarah Bleakney
Heard about flipping the classroom, but are unsure what that entails and want to learn more? A blog post by a DePaul mathematics professor provides a great place to start.
As the post outlines, flipping the classroom means replacing classroom lectures and homework with short videos and in-class activities. This approach allows students to watch and re-watch the video content as needed to support their mastery of concepts on their own time. This approach also allows instructors and TAs to use class time to provide personalized feedback and guidance to students as they work individually and in small groups to put the ideas they’ve gleaned from the videos into practice. In essence, flipping your classroom demands that you re-approach how you use class time.
Another way to flip your classroom is to reconceive how you incorporate projects – changing these types of assignments from instructor-directed to student-centered, and making them “an approach to learning rather than something to complete.”
The blog post includes suggestions for how to work around some of the potential challenges of flipping the classroom. It also includes a number of links to resources, including this infographic, which does a great job of visually presenting what the flipped classroom entails and why and how you may want to consider incorporating it into your teaching.
Strategies for Implementing Active Learning
Posted on November 6, 2012 by Tawnya Means
The University of Minnesota has a well-developed resource on Active Learning. You can find specific strategies including ice breaker activities, team and pair tasks, and individual tasks for changing the focus of learning from an instructor-focused environment to an environment that turns more of the responsibility of learning to the students. You can explore their resources.
Additional resources can be found at Geoff Petty’s website.