From Koala to Kangaroo: Getting Your Students Hopping With Active Learning

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The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and Cengage Learning recently held a webinar on using active learning in the classroom.  The video is the latest in the Striving for Excellence series.

Description: During this fun and interactive webinar, participants learn icebreaker activities and active-learning strategies that increase student engagement, encourage higher-level thinking, enliven classroom discussions, and enhance learning in the classroom. Participants leave with practical strategies they can implement immediately to move students from passive observers to active participants in their education.

Shawn Orr sees some of the characteristics of the Koala in her students, and she does not want to cultivate those qualities.  She is interested in turning her students into learners who more resemble Kangaroos (actually that possess the characteristics of Kangaroos).  She provides eighteen useful applications for active learning techniques that you can apply to your classes.  She defines active learning as anything that involves the student in their own learning.  Needless to say, she does think “Koalas” are involved in the learning process.

The slide deck is available here.

[Please Note: Although there is audio, there is no video image until about the 5 minute mark in the webinar video.]

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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