Creating Engaging Learning Experiences that also Yield Evidence of LearningPresentation Transcript
THAT ALSO YIELD EVIDENCE OF LEARNING Creating Engaging Learning Experiences A Workshop for Emmanuel College Faculty Developed by Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Ph.D. Associate Director of Academic Technology at Simmons College
An Ambitious Agenda
Understanding of the Learner (20 minutes) - “Engaging Learning” Warm-Up Exercise - Follow-up resources to consider
Ideas and Strategies for Course Planning/Design (30 minutes) - Considering Outcomes and Evidence First - Backward Design Exercise
Questions and Discussion (10 minutes)
Understanding the Learner Photo by Ben Werdmuller, available through Creative Commons license at http://flickr.com/photos/benwerd/185925362/
When Have You Experienced Engaging Learning?
Format: Think, Pair, Share
Reflect on the most memorable learning experiences you've had in your life. You don’t have to limit yourself to school-based (formal) learning.
Pick one specific example to tell your neighbor .
“ Two breath” introduction of neighbors using these stories.
Dee Fink’s “Significant Learning” Taxonomy Source: http://www.ou.edu/pii/significant/WHAT%20IS.pdf
Other Dimensions and Perspectives Learning In General Example: John Bransford and Ann Brown
Other Dimensions and Perspectives Understanding Students as Individuals Example: Howard Gardner
Other Dimensions and Perspectives Understanding Generational Differences Example: Diana Oblinger
The Challenge of Course Design Shift our attention from learner to learning
Strategies for Course Design
My journey as a course developer
Circa 1989: First task is to select the textbook and/or readings
Circa 1994: First task is to select the course activities
Today: First task is to clarify goals and desired outcomes
Try Your Hand: Backward Design Exercise
Format: Reflect, Select, Brainstorm
What are your goals for your students ? What associated questions will engage and excite them?
Focus on one goal for one course that you would like to improve. What kinds of evidence would you need to assess their progress toward this goal?
Turning to your neighbor, brainstorm ideas for activities that would produce this evidence.
Stages in Backward Design 1 2 3 http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/books/mctighe2004_intro.pdf