Active Learning for a New Semester

Welcome back to the Hill and the first day of classes for the Fall semester.

On this Blog is a page listing all the CFE events for Fall 2011. Some will require RSVPs for lunches; watch your email.

This will be a short post in which I direct you to read an article about Active Learning. It’s one of the best explanations of it I’ve found in my research on pedagogy. I urge you to read it and to think about how – even for five minutes in a class – you can turn the reins over to students to grapple with a problem that you outline for them. The article is a downloadable PDF which I will load on this post and is by Richard M. Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and Rebecca Brent, President, Education Designs, Inc. Cary, NC. If you’re not sure what Active Learning is, but suspect you don’t like it, read this anyway. It’s a nice introduction with some specific ideas/suggestions on how to jazz up that class that seems completely unresponsive.

Click on “Active Learning” below to obtain the PDF file/chapter:
Active Learning

Happy Fall Semester to all!

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