ERIC Number: ED475431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Techniques for Promoting Active Learning. The Cross Papers.
Cross, K. Patricia
This guide offers suggestions for implementing active learning techniques in the community college classroom. The author argues that, although much of the literature on active learning emphasizes collaboration and small-group learning, active learning does not always involve interaction. It must also involve reflection and self-monitoring of both the processes and the results of learning. This guide includes collaborative learning techniques, goal and syllabus reviews, lecture techniques, and student self-evaluation exercises. Some of the collaborative learning exercises presented in the guide include the following: (1) Punctuated Lectures. The author suggests that the instructor stop at the end of a 10- to 20-minute segment of lecture and ask students to assess their own behavior during the lecture. Were they taking notes? Were they distracted? Did the information raise any questions for them? (2) Minute Paper. Students are required to review what they have learned at the end of a class period. What was the most important thing they learned today? What questions remain unanswered? (3) Jigsaw. This exercise requires students to work in small groups to develop knowledge about a given topic, and then teach that topic to the rest of the class or another group. (Contains 15 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Activity Units, Class Activities, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Cooperative Learning, Creative Teaching, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
League for Innovation in the Community College, 4505 East Chandler Blvd., Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85048 ($14). Tel: 480-705-8200; Fax: 480-705-8201.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Laguna Hills, CA.