A Conversation with the Lamar Academic Technology CommitteeAn Overview of Technology-enabled 21stCentury Learning SpacesLamar Ed Tech Leadership FacultyDr. Kay Abernathy, Dr. Sheryl Abshire,Dr. Cindy Cummings, Dr. Diane Mason
University Models SCALE-UP Model - Student-centered Active Learning Environment with Up- side Down Pedagogies Designs for state-of-the-art learning studios, teaching methods, and instructional materials that are based on more than a decade of discipline-based education research http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUFud6MoHMo
University ModelsConcept Lab vs. Lecture http://scaleup.ncsu.edu/MinnVideo/MinnVideo.html According to Dr. Robin Wright, University of Minnesota: “What the movie doesnt show is the overall course philosophy. We leave the students to do the lower levels of Blooms on their own, by reading the text with study questions. Then in class we do application and analysis questions in teams. And finally, there are large scale team projects for synthesis & evaluation. The students are a bit grumbly, but the quality of their work is really amazing. They are really creative, out of the box thinkers, when given a chance."
Active Learning Classroom Features Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) are designed to foster interactive, flexible, student- centered learning experiences, and operate using central teaching stations and student- provided laptops. ALCs feature: A 360-degree glass-surface marker board. Multiple flat-panel display projection systems. Round tables that accommodate nine students each. A centered teaching station that allows selection and display of table-specific information. Transitions to online learning.
Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) Model ALCs Make New Classroom Interactions Possible and Offer: Cooperative learning environments that encourage student collaboration and peer teaching. Technology that allows students to easily present work for review by peers and instructors. Furniture designed to facilitate small-group work. The ability for instructors to interactively coach students during activities. New options for student interaction and class structure.
Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) Model Sites
Why Do We Need ALCs?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o To use class time for doing and interacting, not sitting and listening To use class technology to support collaboration and sharing To teach students to think like scientists - incorporates a process of discovery throughout the semester.
Student Transitions• Single tasks to multitasking• Text to pictures, sound, and video• Linear, logical, sequential to random access• Independent and individual to interactive collaborative networked• Learning space moves from inside the classroom to inside and outside the classroom.
How Do You Know it Works? Rigorous evaluations of learning have been conducted in parallel with the curriculum development and classroom design efforts. Besides hundreds of hours of classroom video and audio recordings, different schools have conducted numerous interviews and focus groups, conducted many conceptual learning assessments (using nationally-recognized instruments in a pretest/posttest protocol), and collected portfolios of student work. NC State has data comparing nearly 16,000 traditional and SCALE-UP students taking physics.
How Do You Know it Works?Their findings can be summarized as the following: Students ability to solve problems is improved. Their conceptual understanding is increased. Their attitudes are better. Failure rates (especially for women and minorities) are drastically reduced. “At risk" students do better in later courses. Beichner, R. J., Saul, J. M., Abbott, D. S., Morse, J. J., Deardorff, D. L., Allain, R. J., Bonham, S. W., Dancy, M. H. Risley, J.S. (2007). The Student-Centered Activities for Laerge Enrollment Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) Project. NC Scale-up Research http://www.per-central.org/items/detail.cfm?ID=4517
Recommended Action Items Further research the Active Learning Classrooms concept. Investigate other University and/or Department efforts. Create a subcommittee to design a local research initiative plan and a presentation to share with Academic Technology Committee and University administration.
Resourceshttp://scaleup.ncsu.edu/http://www.crlt.umich.edu/faculty/Thurnau/ThurnauVideos.phphttp://www.crlt.umich.edu/faculty/Thurnau/Prof_Polk_Summary.pdfhttp://www.crlt.umich.edu/faculty/Thurnau/Prof_Moore_Summary.pdfTeaching the 21st Century Learnerhttp://depd.wisc.edu/series/06_4168.pdfNC Scale-up Researchhttp://www.per-central.org/items/detail.cfm?ID=4517
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Contact Information College of Education and Human Development Department of Educational Leadership Dean Hollis Lowery-Moore Dr. Steve Jenkins, Department Chair Dr. L. Kay Abernathy - firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Diane Mason - email@example.com Dr. Cynthia Cummings - firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Sheryl Abshire - email@example.com http://tinyurl.com/crnldw6