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Collaborative Notetaking

Activity aim:  To share notetaking strategies; to report back on group work in a more efficient way; to keep track of what happened during a learning activity for students’ later reference; to share questions and confusion in real time Materials: … Continue reading Collaborative Notetaking

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A Group Research Project in 6 Parts (Marketing)

Activity aim: Team work and collaboration; conducting marketing research; peer review Materials: See below Time estimated: See below Prep for teacher: See below Note: This series of 6 activities are distinct steps in a group research project that amounts to 30% of the student’s … Continue reading A Group Research Project in 6 Parts (Marketing)

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Think / Pair / Share with Clickers (Library Science)

Activity aim: To get students to apply course material to a real-life scenario Materials: Printed worksheets, Plickers/Top Hat (learn more about Plickers here; learn more about Top Hat here) Time estimated: 20 minutes Prep for teacher: Set up Plicker questions, set up … Continue reading Think / Pair / Share with Clickers (Library Science)

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Jigsaw Reading

Activity aim: To provide students with an opportunity to gain exposure to multiple readings; to encourage students to review / synthesize / draw connections between multiple texts; to review reading in preparation for a discussion Materials needed: An article questionnaire … Continue reading Jigsaw Reading

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English Sentences into Entity Relationship Diagrams (CIS)

Activity aim: Students should learn to strip sentences down to basic components necessary to determine the elements of ERD. They will learn to spot nouns and verbs in each sentence, and translate them into Entities and Relationships elements accordingly. Subsequently … Continue reading English Sentences into Entity Relationship Diagrams (CIS)

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Normalization Game (CIS)

Activity aim: Learn normalization techniques by having students set up cases that need normalizing, and their peers resolving the normalization errors. Materials: Blackboard Discussion Board discussion. Time estimated: 30 minutes Prep for teacher: Set up Discussion Board discussion. Prepare the … Continue reading Normalization Game (CIS)

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Understanding Contrast (Graphic Design)

An active learning module to analyze, process, and learn visual information with students providing content, research, and presentation (inside out lecture). Activity aim: Students will review, synthesize, and select exemplary samples of contrast on their homework reading to further understand … Continue reading Understanding Contrast (Graphic Design)

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Think / pair / share

Activity aim: To get students to synthesize the most important “takeaways”; to build student confidence to ask questions; to have students reflect on their points of confusion Materials: Nothing! Activity description: Think / pair / share is probably the simplest … Continue reading Think / pair / share

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“Writing to Learn” Journals (Interdisciplinary)

Activity aim: To provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their learning or find the gaps in their own understanding; to review key concepts; to check understanding after a more passive task Materials needed: Each students needs a pen and … Continue reading “Writing to Learn” Journals (Interdisciplinary)