The opportunity to meet my ID buddy gave me the opportunity to learn how they are approaching the Canvas Transition as well as other things that are happening in the design and delivery of courses. This also includes the approach the campus takes at delivering training and more.
Among the many things that were discussed, our focus towards the end of our ID 2 ID program was on Active Learning. We were able to compare active learning spaces on each of our campuses, strategies used by faculty in each space, technologies/features in each space, and student perceptions with each space. Faculty hesitations with each space were discussed as well.
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Throughout the program, we were able to research two different articles related to active learning and one book, Promoting Active Learning. Among the vast amount of information regarding the topic, there were several main points that stood out. Since this approach is often different than what students are used to experiencing in their courses, it is very important that instructors plan out their day’s content ahead of time and to be prepared. Confidence from the instructor about the active learning activities the class will practice is among the most important things to happen during the class. The instructor may have to explain the importance of the day’s activities to the class and encourage the class to take part in those activities. Another main point that stood out is that not all students learn in the same ways, which makes it paramount for instructors to use various techniques to help the class in their active learning.
The opportunity to collaborate and brainstorm between ID’s from two different Commonwealth campuses was a unique opportunity in our own active learning. Our conversations often turned to how we can best approach Canvas, faculty development, active learning, and active learning statements. Together, we were able to find out information from each other about our respective campuses and make those connections to what we were researching and how we can apply it.
Beth Lease & Julie Meyer