PLAs #9 – Mindmaps

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 by

Mindmaps are great for outlining content, brainstorming ideas, and making connections for many different concepts. Mindmaps can and should be colorful, reflecting the depth and complexity of linking ideas together. The process is simple: Have learners draw a central image of the concept or topic to be explored. Words can be used, but drawing a

Retrieval practice

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 by

The concept of Retrieval Practice is not new to many of us (think flashcards), however in recent years more research has been carried out into how effective the practice of retrieval really is for our students by showing it to be one of the most powerful tools for committing learning to long-term memory. This blog

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Welcome to this series on the Top Ten Participatory Learning Activities (PLAs). Each week, I’ll describe PLAs that are effective to use online. Your use of these PLAs will foster better learning and higher motivation in your learners. Each PLA contains an illustration that contains four elements: The name of the activity. Which one of the four types the activity is (that’s

Doing group work is of great benefit to you and your learners. It keeps everyone active on a task. It promotes team building and learning roles. Maybe most importantly, it gives you the chance to focus on a smaller group of learners and engage them in formative feedback, discussion, and coaching, depending on the task

Developing and delivering fully online courses is a novel challenge for many of us. Fortunately, experienced practitioners are sharing their expertise online. If you are struggling to balance all the new demands on your time, podcasts can be an effective start to learning about new approaches while you work out or take care of routine tasks.

A concern when transitioning from face-to-face to online delivery, which is driven by campus closures, is that the required speed of transition may negatively impact the learning experience. This is due to faculty needing to re-think their learning activities and to upskill themselves to succeed in an online model. This adjustment takes time. However, delivery

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