Tag Archives: active learning

TAPD mini-modules week 4: But, are students really learning?

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. “We’re going to derive this, but I need your help with it.” This was my lead-in to the set of clicker questions we used to derive […]

Paired teaching for faculty professional development in teaching

(In this post, I collect presentation materials related to my project studying paired teaching.) In my department, we’ve been pairing faculty together to teach courses. The main goal is to provide these faculty opportunity to develop their teaching. My job is to figure out: Are¬†they learning about teaching? The short answer is: Yes, they are. […]

Active learning works

Active learning works. Some would say the results were already clear. Active learning [1], in which students spend class time actively engaging with material, by thinking about it, practicing skills, or discussing it with their peers, should result in better¬†learning than the traditional instruction model of passively sitting in a lecture hall. After all, in […]