Proposal Title

How to Bring Active Learning to Large Lecture Halls

Session Type

Presentation

Room

P&A Rm 148

Start Date

July 2015

Keywords

Active learning, blended course, hybrid course, Echo360

Primary Threads

Education Technologies and Innovative Resources

Abstract

Active learning has been shown to increase student scores on exams (Freeman, et al., 2014) yet is often difficult to implement in larger lecture halls. This presentation demonstrates the Active Learning Platform™ that integrates and expands an LMS to enable more options for active learning in the lecture hall. The Active Learning Platform adds a ribbon to Powerpoint™ so instructors can embed questions and review responses within their slides and animations. Slides are uploaded into the Active learning Platform from within Powerpoint and students can access them on their mobile devices with tools to answer questions, take notes, bookmark slides for study and optionally pose questions, answer others’ questions and indicate confusion. The Active Learning Platform collects student activity data and provides an engagement score so the instructor can identify non-participating students throughout the semester.

Results from multiple pilot classes will be shown to illustrate the power of the analytics to identify struggling students early in the semester and the relationships between student participation and exam scores. Lessons learned include how student participation can be measured during class and how those measures relate to exam scores.

Elements of Engagement

This presentation will include a live demonstration of a mock class environment. All participants are encouraged to bring a mobile device to the session. In this interactive session participants will be encouraged to answer questions, ask questions and participate in discussions about active learning techniques.

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How to Bring Active Learning to Large Lecture Halls

P&A Rm 148

Active learning has been shown to increase student scores on exams (Freeman, et al., 2014) yet is often difficult to implement in larger lecture halls. This presentation demonstrates the Active Learning Platform™ that integrates and expands an LMS to enable more options for active learning in the lecture hall. The Active Learning Platform adds a ribbon to Powerpoint™ so instructors can embed questions and review responses within their slides and animations. Slides are uploaded into the Active learning Platform from within Powerpoint and students can access them on their mobile devices with tools to answer questions, take notes, bookmark slides for study and optionally pose questions, answer others’ questions and indicate confusion. The Active Learning Platform collects student activity data and provides an engagement score so the instructor can identify non-participating students throughout the semester.

Results from multiple pilot classes will be shown to illustrate the power of the analytics to identify struggling students early in the semester and the relationships between student participation and exam scores. Lessons learned include how student participation can be measured during class and how those measures relate to exam scores.