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STEM Active Learning Strategies

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Gonzalo Perez

on 27 March 2014

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STEM Active Learning Strategies
Team Project Challenges
Some students may not contribute equally towards a given project
Students missed class the day the assignment was given and or students miss the day of the presentation
Students don't want to work with certain students
Students are too busy to make plans with other students after class
7 Years Software Engineer / Corporate Educational Mgr in the Private Sector
7 Years of Experience in Higher Education as an administrator and Instructor in the STEM fields
Doctoral Candidate in Computing
Three Students in each group in alphabetical order
Google Docs Demo beforehand to illustrate a wiki shared project
Graded consists of three items
5 page paper
Power point presentation
Oral present
Topics are various google free products
Google Earth
Google Voice
Google Scholar
by: Gonzalo E. Perez
Director - STEM Program
CIS Instructor
Passaic County Community College
March 27, 2014

Offer early in the semester
Group teams by row
Create roles to different team members
Project Manager
Deliverable is a two page position paper developed collaboratively using blackboard
Encourages online and off site meetings
Usually due in two weeks, class presents their findings and dialogue is encouraged
Apple Vs PC
Group Learning Best Practices
Require students to use the group discussion board in blackboard to review student participation
Students that miss class will need to do a separate research paper
Students that miss the presentation will lose points
Students must work together; just as in a real world environment
Create Groups
Manual Enroll Students
Students can use Discussion Boards
Contact team members via BB
Instructor can grade work by group, grades will be populated to each member of the team
Utilizing Blackboard as a Resource for Group Learning
Active Learning Strategies utilizing technology
STEM TV/ IPad Apps
David Hernandez (STEM Website Designer) will demonstrate iPad apps that will better engage students through familiar tools
Solar Walk
Star Chart
Apps allow a student to apply skills learned through active participation utilizing tools
Agenda Active Learning
What exactly is active learning?
STEM Tech Active learning Demonstration
Active learning strategies
Active learning exercise
Group activities used in CIS class with focus on project management
Implementation of Group activities utilizing Blackboard
Active Learning Strategies
Pause for reflection
The "minute paper"
Self- assessment
Large Group Discussion
Think-Pair Share
Triad Groups
Informal Groups
Cooperative Groups in Class
Peer Review
Group Evaluation
Case Studies
Hands-on Technology*
Interactive Lecture
Active Review Sessions
What exactly is active learning?
Students are involved in more than passive listening
Students are engaged in activities
Students can receive immediate feedback
Students are involved in higher order thinking
Students are actually doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.
Why is active learning important
The amount of information retained by students declines substantially after ten minutes, (Thomas, 1972)
"Discussions are far more effective than lecturing"
"Students learn what they care about and remember what they understand", (Ericksen, 1984)
"Learning is not a spectator sport, students do not learn much just by sitting in class listening to teachers, memorizing pre-packaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences, apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves." (Chickering and Gamson, 1987)
Role Playing
Jigsaw Discussion
Inquiry Learning
Experiential Learning
Forum Theater
Active Learning Exercise
Partner up with another faculty member
Ask the following questions:
Courses teaching
What active learning means to them
Which active learning strategies have they implemented
please share best practices
Which active learning strategy(s) are they interested in implementing in their class and what is their plan of implementation
How can we measure outcomes from the implementation of these strategies?
Source: (Chris O'Neal and Tershia Pinder-Grove)
Final Thoughts:
Behaviors to promote student learning
Appropriate use of humor
Praising student performance
Engaging students outside of the classroom
Appropriate level of self-disclosure
Encourage students to talk (Socratic method)
Ask questions about student viewpoints
Following up on topics raised by students even if not directly related to class
Referring to "our" class and what "we" are doing
Source: (Gorham,1988)
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