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Active Learning Strategies (Andragogy)

This session practices what it preaches regarding Andragogy (adult active learning strategies), focusing on individual and collaborative involvement strategies. (In plain English, come learn active learning strategies by DOING them!)

Amber D. Marcu, Ph.D.

on 20 August 2013

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Transcript of Active Learning Strategies (Andragogy)

Active Learning Strategies (Andragogy)
Who Am I as an Adult Learner?
I come with a Learning Style preference.
What do I want?
I want to share my knowledge with others.
Learning Strategies Prep
Provide an outline w/objectives.
Phase 1 - Identify
Grab your Syllabus, text, and materials.

Grab the:
"Active Learning - Cooperative Learning Strategies that Promote Student Engagement," and
"Cooperative Learning Lecture" handouts
Phase 2 - Build it
Review once again (and you may still change your mind):
Which topics should remain as lecture?
Which lecture topics can become activities?
Which activities best support the desired learning?
How will the (active) learning be assessed?
Thank you for your (active) participation!
Welcome Warm-up
Andragogy Principles
Active Learning Strategies
Exit Ticket
I "resist" learning when I feel others imposing on me.
Certain things motivate me more than other things.
I have rich life experience and some expertise.
I seek the skills necessary to solve problems I face.
Basic Principles of Andragogy
Intrinsically motivated & Self-directed
Experienced & Knowledgeable
Seeking Relevancy
Practical application
Desire Respect
Q&A + Exit Ticket
Help me understand what I am learning and how it is relevant to me.
I like to try to apply what I've learned. I want to feel confident.
Take an interest in me. I want to be a professional, like you.
Engage me in my learning.
I am juggling a lot, but I'm ready to learn.
Think, Pair, Share
What motivates YOU professionally? Personally?
Amber D. Marcu, Ph.D.
Upon completion you will be able to:
Define Andragogy
List 6 basic principles of Andragogy
Identify at least 3 active learning strategies
One Definition (Malcolm Knowles)
A specific theorectical and practical approach to adult learning.
Based on the conception of self-directed learners.
Teachers = facilitators of learning.

Another Definition
The science of lifelong and lifewide education and learning of adults. Includes:
intentional learning (schooling, self-directed)
unintentional learning (travel, accidental, aging/life experience)
You're allowed to collaborate & access the web. (Don't forget to cite!)

On your index card:
write your definition of andragogy, and
explain or list some learning strategies.
What is Andragogy?
What are learning strategies?

Hi! I'm Amber Marcu.
I'm the Director of ABE Faculty Development.
I hail from Virginia Tech.
I have a Ph.D. in Instructional Design & Technology.
I LOVE working in Faculty Development, and with Learning Theory, and Technology!
I'm so happy to be here today. Let's make it a great one!
What expertise do you have?
What skills are you currently seeking (or wish you had)?
What kind of Adult Learner are YOU?
For 2 minutes, write on your handout. Provide your answers to:
Be prepared to SHARE!
Replace "Talk and Chalk" or "Sage on the Stage" with engagement:
Reading, Talking, Writing, Describing,
Touching, Interacting,
Listening and Reflecting
Provide problem-solving, critical thinking, manipulation of materials, analysis, critique, synthesis, and evaluation of the information.
Prepare the plan:
Set the stage (pre-learning)
KWL (a priori KNOWLEDGE, what they WANT to know, and apply the LEARNING)
Connection, Reflection, and Assessment
Begin "tweaking" your course.
Identify learning objectives for your:
30 minutes of lecture, and
30 minutes of activites.

Identify appropriate Assesments for the lecture and activities.
Ask a colleague to peer review.
Common Active Learning strategies:
Media (video, music, photos, charts, models, etc.
Hands-on (lab, clinic, practice)
Props (be theatrical!)
Technology (as a supporting role only)
Reflection and Discussion
Build it.
Ask a colleague to peer review.
each defined Andragogy,
reviewed 6 basic principles of Andragogy,
identified at least 3 active learning strategies.
During this session we:
identified our own "inner" adult learner,
laid out a plan to create active learning in our courses, and
* Refer to your handouts and fill-in-the blanks!
Before you leave today, on the back of your index card write:
Your Name,
3 things that you learned today,
Which of the learning strategies you plan to use in class within the next 3 months, and
ANY questions that you may have.
Hand the card to me on your way out. Thanks!
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