ERIC Number: ED462127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Beyond Chalk and Talk: Engaging Students in the Learning Process.
Teaching and learning in the traditional classroom continues to evolve in the presence of technological innovation. This paper highlights basic strategies in which the traditional classroom can be modified to involve students more actively in the teaching and learning process. One of the strategies outlined in this paper includes the incorporation of a class Web site, electronic mail, and/or a class mailing list. These technological devices aid in opening and increasing the lines of communication between students and the instructor. Another strategy includes requiring the use of presentation software and word processing applications, which in turn helps students gain additional technological skills, while overcoming a fear of using computers. Group and collaborative learning, another strategy for producing active student involvement, can be encouraged through student presentations of work to the class, written journals, course portfolios, and writing assignments. These group and collaborative learning experiences can enhance students' level of improvement in writing, critical thinking, and college survival skills. Using these strategies in course design can also assist students in overcoming their struggles with difficult course material. Finally, such course design strategies help to ensure that students are more actively engaged in the learning process. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the League for Innovation in the Community College (Orlando, FL, February 27-March 1, 2000).