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Presentation given at Texas Library Association on April 16, 2010. Cynthia Henry and Kimberly Vardeman, Texas Tech University Libraries.

Presentation given at Texas Library Association on April 16, 2010. Cynthia Henry and Kimberly Vardeman, Texas Tech University Libraries.

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    • 1.
      • Active Learning in Action!
        • Presented by
        • Cynthia Henry & Kimberly Vardeman
        • Texas Library Association Annual Conference
        • April 16, 2010
    • 2. Active Learning
      • Defined by Bonwell and Eison:
      • “ . . . as instructional activities involving students in doing things and thinking about what they are doing” (Bonwell et al. 1991).
    • 3. LIBR 1100
      • Decided to move away from traditional lecture-style model classroom
      • Team taught by two instructors
      • Face to face with an online component
      • One hour credit course
      • Class of 30 freshmen
      • Perfect size for active learning activities
    • 4. Learning Activities Tested
      • Class discussion
      • Brainstorming
      • Interactive website tutorial
      • Group activities
      • Think – Pair – Share
    • 5. Think – Pair – Share
      • King defined think – pair – share as:
      • “ Students individually think for a moment about a question posed on the lecture, then pair up with a classmate beside them to share/discuss their thoughts” (King 1993).
    • 6. Portrait – Active Learning Activity
      • Each student created a self-portrait using graphics painting program (MS Paint)
      • Posted digital image of their artistic endeavor to the online class discussion board
      • Students given instructions and a step-by-step demonstration
    • 7. Portrait – Active Learning Activity
    • 8. Portrait – Active Learning Activity
    • 9. Portrait – Active Learning Activity
    • 10. Portrait – Results
      • Very Successful
      • Students used discussion board as a chat tool
      • Class of 30 created 117 messages
      • Students didn’t want to leave at the end of class
    • 11. Thesis – Active Learning Activity
      • Brainstorming activity in groups of four
        • Topics
        • Keywords
        • Topic Questions
        • Create Thesis Statement
    • 12. Thesis – Results
      • This activity was problematic
      • Students were lost
      • Instructors walked around the room and helped groups organize
      • Active learning still seemed treacherous
    • 13. Table – Active Learning Activity Information Cycle Information Piece Time Frame Who is interested in this information? Who creates this information? Press Release Example: Same Day General Public Reporters Newspaper Popular Magazine Scholarly Journal Books
    • 14. Table – Results
      • Activity was successful
      • Information cycle is a hard concept
      • With the table activity, students internalized the information cycle lesson
      • In post-assessment, all students correctly answered the information cycle question
    • 15. Citation Tutorial – Active Learning Activity
    • 16. Citation Tutorial – Active Learning Activity
    • 17. Citation Tutorial - Results
      • Students enjoyed activity
      • Could distinguish between citations of books, journals, and newspapers
      • Students referenced tutorial throughout semester
      • In post-assessment, all students correctly identified the parts of a citation
    • 18. Final Review Packet
      • Students worked in teams to complete
      • the following activities:
      • Multiple-choice review questions
      • Searched for articles on given topic
      • Used citations to locate specific articles
      • Citation “puzzles”
    • 19. Final Review Packet - Results
      • Successfully completed review activities
      • Students taught one another and verified each other’s work
      • Created great class discussions
    • 20. Conclusion
      • Active learning achieved the goals of engaging the students, increasing student-teacher interaction, and integrating different learning styles into lesson plans.
      • Instructors learned to include written and verbal instructions with demonstrations or examples
      • Scores increased 15% from the pre-assessment to the post-assessment
      • 22 students improved their grade on the post-assessment
    • 21. References
      • Bonwell, Charles C., James A. Eison, Washington D. C. Eric Clearinghouse on Higher Education, and Washington D. C. George Washington Univ. 1991. Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom. ERIC Digest.
      • Grubb, Jonathon, and Iellen R. Miller. 2009. Eastern Washington University Research Tutorial . Eastern Washington University2009]. Available from http://support.library.ewu.edu/reference/tutorial/flash/citation.html .
      • King, Alison. 1993. From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side. College Teaching 41 (1):30-35.
    • 22. Contact
      • Cynthia Henry, [email_address]
      • Kimberly Vardeman, [email_address]
      • View the slides @ http://slideshare.net/kimberlyvardeman