Carl Wieman Science Education Iniative: Active Learning, Pre-Class Reading, Clickers, Worksheets, Lecture Demonstration, Think-Pair-Share
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Our PHAS CWSEI team offers support for teaching and learning. Below you will find a brief overview of some of the key approaches we recommend. For more information, please contact Georg Rieger (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Research indicates that students learn more in an active learning environment. Why? It is important that the learner makes sense of the new knowledge and builds it into what he or she already knows (so-called constructive learning theory); this is something the professor cannot do for them. Hence students have to actively engage with the material in an effortful way. In an active learning environment, the instructor provides students with tasks that support this effortful engagement.
The main purpose of a pre-reading assignment is to prepare students for learning in your next class. Traditionally, students are introduced to a topic for the first time in lecture; however, students can read the textbook before coming to class – making lecture their second exposure. Students will get more out of lectures if they come to class knowing the basic definitions and physics vocabulary, as well as having had the chance to work through simple examples of concepts at their own pace. Learn more - "Pre-Reading Assignments – Why they may be the most important homework for your students" (.pdf)