Think-Pair-Share (TPS) is the Swiss Army Knife of activities.  This can, and should, be used often in your class. In the first step, because learners need time to process information on their own, you need to allot some time for them to think about your challenge. It can be a one-minute thinking period, or it can

PLAs #5 – One-Minute Essay

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 by

The One-Minute Essay is an easy to implement reflective moment that can be done at pretty much any time you like. Since it’s only a minute long, it could be used at the beginning of a lesson to have learners anticipate what they are about to experience. It could be used directly after a short

PLAs #6 – Brainstorm

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 by

Doing a brainstorm should be familiar territory for many faculty. This is a jack-of-all-trades tool that can be used at any time, and is scalable for any length of time, from a single activity, to a way to assess a longer term project. Brainstorming is the emptying of the mind of all ideas around a

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

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a browser-based web conferencing tool that allows faculty to synchronously communicate online with students anywhere. It’s one of the tools that faculty can use to conduct their online classes. Collaborate Ultra provides multiple features that instructors can use to engage students, receive their input, and conduct collaboration activities. If you are

Active learning comes out of the constructivist learning theory that we learn better through building our own knowledge and connecting new ideas to existing knowledge and experiences to form understanding. This model starts to take on greater importance when we consider an online learning environment which for the presenter can be far more challenging than a face-to-face

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