(Note: Find the presentation PowerPoint and and the handouts from the presentation here.)
(This was a very interesting presentation with a very engaging speaker. However, at times I got the impression this was preaching to the choir; in other words, the people I think should be listening to this were not here.)
Some observations and thoughts:
- The presenter asked the audience to define active learning before giving a definition.
- He also gave us time to write a bit on the writing prompt about active learning.
- Informal polls can be a nice and quick form of assessment.
- Remember that learning is messy and natural (or, as I say, "embrace the chaos.")
- Additional examples of challenges when it comes to implementing active learning, given by the audience during a brainstorm:
- professor expectations (or lack thereof).
- disaster, such as Internet goes down.
- active learning takes extra planning time.
- The presenter remarked that he is lucky to be in a library that actually puts requirements on professors to be prepared when it comes to library instruction. (That is something I have mentioned at least once or twice here, but under the "we have to keep the faculty happy" syndrome, it is something not likely to happen)
- Remember to create your active learning activities based on outcomes. What will the students get out of it?
- Remember to practice as well. Try things out yourself (do dry runs), then try with a class. Adjust as needed.