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Simple Ways To Add Active Learning To Your

  1. 1. SIMPLE WAYS TO ADD ACTIVE LEARNING TO YOUR LIBRARY INSTRUCTION <br />Annie Downey, Gayla Byerly, <br />& Lilly Ramin <br />
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  3. 3. Why bother?<br />UNT used Library Instruction Software for Assessment (LISA)<br />Assessed 575 students<br />11% could perform a subject search after instruction<br />Added a worksheet to instruction<br />Success rate increased to 38<br />Other studies prove it works as well<br />
  4. 4. Design for Active Learning<br />1. Experience<br />Activity that brings the student’s experience into the teaching situation<br />Ex: worksheet<br />2. Practice<br />Activity where the student is provided an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the new information<br />Ex: Assessment with LISA<br />3. Application<br />Opportunity to apply the information to a new situation<br />Ex: Research paper assignment<br />
  5. 5. Why it works<br />Students take an active role in learning<br />Students are more engaged<br />Students feel more comfortable participating and asking questions<br />Takes into account that learning is a process<br />Facilitates assessment<br />Learning is demonstrated to the learner BY the learner<br />Facilitates teacher learning<br />Different learning styles and domains can be accommodated and addressed<br />Learning becomes personally meaningful<br />
  6. 6. Why it’s hard<br />Requires teacher to take risks<br />Can feel chaotic and like classroom control has been lost<br />Strict time limits<br />We have a lot of content we want to cover<br />
  7. 7. Simple Strategies<br />Honor Silence!!!<br />Expect participation<br />Give students time to think<br />When students answer questions, reward them<br />Make contact with students that look interested<br />Allow time for informal questions at the end<br />
  8. 8. Worksheets<br />Individually or in groups<br />Short and simple<br />Customized for a specific subject area or audience<br />
  9. 9. Group Search<br />Divide into groups of four<br />Assign each group member with a role<br />Leader<br />Searcher<br />Recorder<br />Reporter<br />Assign each group a searching task<br />
  10. 10. Deck of Cards Boolean<br />Give each student a card<br />Ask students to hold up cards that meet specific criteria to illustrate Boolean concepts<br />Explain the concepts as the <br />