Active Learning

General term grouping instructional techniques wherein students engage in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion, or problem-solving that promote higher-order thinking skills such analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

Mapping Learning Goals to Assessment Techniques Using the ITGI Tool

The Interactive Teaching Goals Inventory tool provides instructors with a valuable resource to align their learning goals with various assessment techniques. Developed using Angelo & Cross's (1993) paper-based inventory, the tool encourages instructors to identify and rank specific course and learning goals and analyzes those rankings to identify pedagogically sound, relevant assessment techniques for use in their classes. An article in the Distance Education Report (2016) describes the use and benefits of the tool.

Distance Education Report, Volume 20, Number 3

Pedagogy: 
Active Learning
Assessment
Feedback
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Tech in Action

Jeyam Subbiah increases student engagement with flipped course design, active learning strategies, and screen capture technology

One evening while helping his son with homework, Jeyam Subbiah marveled at how well the narrated screen recordings from Kahn’s Academy helped his son understand how to work problems and thought there should be such a thing for his students.  Shortly thereafter, Subbiah, Morrison Distinguished Professor of Food Engineering in the departments of biological systems engineering and food science & technology, made his first videos using the capabilities of his Microsoft Surface Pro 3, putting them on YouTube to maximize ease of access.

Pedagogy: 
Active Learning
Flipped and Blended Instructional Modes
Just-in-Time-Teaching or JiTT
Technology: 
Adobe Connect
YouTube
Category: 
Faculty Features

Active learning strategies combined with an online homework system lead to an 80% success rate in Mathematics

Presentation Poster
Presentation poster from the Fall Learning Symposium. Download full-size PDF.

Since 2012, the UNL Mathematics department has been working to radically redesign its first-year mathematics courses. Current efforts have yielded an 80% success rate, up from a 62-67% rate previously. To achieve this, the department did a wholesale redesign (PDF) encompassing leadership, formative assessment, coordination among sections and courses, use of top undergraduate students, GTA education and training, classroom spaces designed for teamwork, and an online homework system called WeBWorK.

Pedagogy: 
Active Learning
Feedback
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Faculty Features

From Lecture to Active Learning, Chad Brassil's Story

By Sydney Brown, Asst. Dir. Innovative Instructional Design

In 2016, Chad Brassil, Associate Professor in Biological Sciences, received a College Distinguished Teaching Award in “recognition of consistent excellence in teaching” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  But ten years ago, like many other faculty members, he was prepping 8-12 hours for every one hour of class to prepare lecture material for his course.

Pedagogy: 
Active Learning
Think-Pair-Share
Technology: 
Clickers
Category: 
Faculty Features

To address student readiness and success, Mamo flips AGRO366

Martha Mamoby Sydney Brown, Assistant Director, Innovative Instructional Design

Faced with an enrollment that had jumped from 30 to 95 and seeking a way to address the increased variability in student readiness to take “Soil Nutrient Relationships,” Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture Martha Mamo launched a redesign of her course. 

Pedagogy: 
Active Learning
Flipped and Blended Instructional Modes
Technology: 
Camtasia
Canvas LMS
Techsmith Relay
Category: 
Faculty Features

Active learning strategies combined with an online homework system lead to an 80% success rate in Mathematics