Two professors from the University of Connecticut have been trying to figure out how to personalize instruction in their 750-student anatomy and physiology course for years.
Reported by Inside Higher Ed, these professors have begun incorporating active learning exercises within the course itself.
These include the students moving to smaller classrooms for “breakout groups” to complete live learning activities face-to-face, and also completing online learning activities during these breakouts. Ideas for the future include “collaborative testing”, where upon completion of the test, the student will re-take the test alongside their peers, and talk through the answers together with 10% of their grade coming from this portion.
The takeaway? For our biggest classrooms, how can we experiment with active learning breakouts like these to provide a more personal and collaborative educational experience for our students?
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