When it comes to choosing instructional strategies for your course, there are a number of variables to consider including class size, learning outcomes, and time. The good news is, you don’t have to choose just one. By mixing various types of instructional strategies, students stay engaged and you can alter your style to fit the situation. Consider lecturing one day and having a cooperative learning exercise the next. Generate discussion with a demonstration and then challenge students to work in teams to solve problems. Here are some resources to help you find the right mix for your class.
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Teaching large classes?
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Effective Class Discussions
Discussion offers the opportunity to hear student perspectives and engage in debate and dialogue. Click here for some resources to help improve the experience and increase learning.
Ready to turn your class upside down? Try a flipped model. The key feature of the flipped class is the different use of in-class and out-of-class time.
- Out of class: watch videos, read articles, view recorded lectures, and generally get prepped on the information necessary for the in-class activities.
- In-Class: engage students in activities, hands-on project, problem-based learning, and demonstrations to use the content they learned out of class.
Cooperative learning allows students to share ownership of learning and knowledge through collaboration and teamwork. This instructional strategy features shared learning goals and a requirement that students complete specific tasks and assignments as a team. The teacher’s role is to prepare the lesson, explain the task, monitor the learning, intervene when necessary, and assess achievement of the goals.
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Experiential Learning - Learn - Do - Reflect
Experiential learning offers students engagement, activities, exercises, and assignments that either involve or are based on real-life situations. Click here for some resources to help.