Activities Assignment

At our next meeting (25 Feb, 12:00, Location TBA) you will present your assignment.  Details on the assignment are listed below.

Pick an active learning teaching strategy and develop a lesson/activity that models that strategy and meets at least one of the goals you developed for your course. Try to include at least one ancillary skill in your activity. While we are not asking you to develop an assessment technique, keep assessment in the back of your mind. You want your activity to be assessable.

We mentioned several teaching strategies in class today. A few are listed below. I have also included some helpful websites with activities and assessment techniques.

Teaching Strategies:

  • Analogical or metaphorical description/creative expression (drama/role play)
  • Case study—use of a relevant scenario to provoke application of learning
  • “Clickers”—responding to teacher-made questions electronically and results can be displayed for whole class.
  • Cooperative learning—a structured vehicle where the only means for the small group to succeed is by each individual making a substantive contribution to the task/goal. There are many types of cooperative models (e.g., Jigsaw)
  • Debate or mock trial—current or historical
  • Fishbowl discussion—inner participants discuss while outer viewers remain silent. One variation is to have students lead the discussion
  • Goal-setting
  • Group quizzes
  • Inquiry/discovery learning
  • News article summaries—finding, summarizing, and explaining relevant content in a current news article
  • Peer and/or self-grading—a reflective technique that promotes critical thinking
  • Peer tutoring
  • Presentations
  • PBL-project-based learning
  • Service-learning—applying academic content learned to help address a real community need
  • Simulations—virtual or real-time interactions
  • Social learning–small groups discuss answers to a teacher-posed question before responding to the large group. Team-based learning is a more structured variation.
  • Surveys
  • Webquest

Websites and Articles Supporting Active Learning


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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