Active learning is the preferred teaching strategy in traditional classrooms to improve student performance (Freeman et al., 2014) but translating activities online can be intimidating. Try out some of the tools below and invite a friend or two practice them in action. Included here are tools to support creating, curating and sharing resources, collaborative authoring, blogging, mapping, polls and quizzes, surveys, journaling, e-portfolios, and app development.
Students can be introduced to tools for curating and sharing resources of varying types:
These are tools to allow students to graphically represent knowledge, including concept mapping that defines relationships between concepts and less structured mind mapping. To learn more, read the Mind and Concept Mapping Tips and Trends from ACRL and ALA Instructional Technologies Committee (PDF).
Polling / Web-based Student Response Systems
Students can present artifacts as evidence of skills, knowledge and achievements in electronic portfolios. The portfolios can remain private, be shared with a teacher for assessment purposes, shared with peers, or made openly available. Blogs or other tools, like Evernote, can be used to create portfolios but there are dedicated e-portfolio applications. Learn more from the ePortfolios for learning blog.
Students can be supported to make apps.
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See the full bibliography for works consulted.
Almeida, Nora. (2016). "Podcasting as pedagogy" In: Pagowsky, N., & McElroy, K. Critical library pedagogy handbook: Lesson plans. Chicago: ACRL.
Freeman, S., Eddy, S. L., McDonough, M., Smith, M. K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., & Wenderoth, M. P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(23), 8410-8415. (PDF)
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