“Active Learning: Good Answer! Good Answer, ALFIE!”
Concurrent Session 6
Survey says that active learning can improve student engagement and learning outcomes in online and/or blended courses. ALFIE, the active learning robot, will host this Family Feud style competition providing attendees with more in-depth knowledge of how innovative active learning strategies can positively transform the online classroom.
Introduction: (10 min)
During this portion of the session, facilitators will divvy the attendees into small groups while establishing the rules of the Active Learning Family Feud Game. ALFIE, everyone’s favorite robot game show session host, will be introduced to the audience and the importance of leveraging active learning and innovative teaching techniques within the online and blended classroom will be briefly explored.
Audience Participation: (30 min)
Survey topics covered during the Family Feud gamified session are all related to online and blended learning best practices within a variety of invigorating active learning strategies, including online debates, role play, online games, vlogging, and interactive exit slips. Survey questions related to said strategies will broach a variety of topics such as design, research, examples, engagement, challenges, and applicability across disciplines. As audience members may vary in experience and expertise with active learning, an engaging discussion is encouraged amongst small groups and informative answers will be presented related to topics covered as clarification.
Attendees will be able to:
- Articulate misconceptions regarding active learning strategies in the online learning environment
- Describe active learning and how it can be utilized effectively to improve instructional practices in the online and blended learning environment
- Apply takeaway active learning strategies at their own institution
In this gamified session, audience members (participants) are expected to:
- Engage in discourse with team members to share responses to presented survey questions
- Debate viewpoints in various active learning approaches
By participating in this game, each audience member becomes a winning contestant on an energetic and engaging game show. Their participation guarantees the ultimate prize for improving student success through the use of active learning strategies in online and blended learning environments.
5-minute Q & A