School Based Essential Skills in Active Facilitation of Active Learning (eSAFAL)

A Blended Learning Course for Academics to design & facilitate Active Learning

Workshop & Registration Details:

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Course Overview

The ‘Essential Skills in Active Facilitation of Active Learning’ course provide opportunities for academic staff to explore the promise and potential benefits of using active learning techniques in the classroom and model ways for faculty to transform students from passive listeners to active learners. The pedagogical basis for this course is ‘Constructivism’, which emphasizes the fact that participants build up their existing knowledge and understanding through pre-class activities in order to achieve deeper levels of understanding incorporated through in-class & post-class activities, and thus achieving the higher order thinking skills (HOTS) of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

There are five sub-topic in the course that will demonstrate active learning strategies that faculty can use with their students; model these strategies in the F2F session so that faculty can see them in action; use the strategies to empower faculty to take greater accountability for their teaching effectiveness.  The course also offers an insight into how active learning approach can be used to strengthen the interconnection between teaching and learning within Arts, Business, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy and Sciences.

Objective

The main objective of the course is to support and inspire academics and professional staff involved in teaching and learning at universities. The course focuses on the fundamental principles of engaging students in active learning in both large and small classes. The sub-topics in this course are designed specifically for academics who wish to transform the delivery of their units in order to teach effectively for student learning.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this programme, our participants will be able to:

● facilitate teaching and learning approaches to influence, motivate and inspire students to engage in active learning in a range of educational settings

● create scholarly learning activities that influence and enhance collaborative thinking and learning in the pre-class, in-class and post-class environments

● apply knowledge on the application of digital technologies, particularly, social media tools and video to reinforce community learning through discussion, collaboration, and purposeful discourse

Target Audience

Educators or academic staff from local or international universities

Workshop Activities

Module 1: Active Facilitation and Implementing Active Learning Strategies

This topic review understanding of Active Learning and Active Facilitation strategies and develop skills to conduct active learning sessions and implement active learning Pedagogies for small groups for future teaching practice.

  1. Evidence in support of adopting Active Learning Strategies
  2. How to be an Active Facilitator
  3. Facilitating active learning sessions and implementing active learning pedagogies for small groups

Module 2: Planning & Designing for Enhancing / Transforming Your Unit through Pre-, In- & Post-Class Activities

This topic identify areas of a teaching unit that have potential for active learning, develop complex learning activities such as peer-led team learning and problem based learning using Bloom's taxonomy, and design an active learning lesson planner with learning activities that influence and enhance collaborative thinking in the Pre-class, In-Class and Post-class environments.

  1. Designing complex learning activities
  2. Creating an Active learning lesson planner

Module 3:  Designing learning activities for Engaging Students in Large Classes

This topic differentiate convergent and divergent questioning techniques and design appropriate divergent questions that stimulate and develop collaborative thinking in discussions, apply strategies to build interaction and collaboration (student-student, student-content, and student-facilitator) among students in large classes, and use educational technologies and tools to facilitate active learning in large classes.

  1. Designing effective poll questions
  2. Using Think Pair Share/ 6 Thinking Hats/ Jigsaw/ etc., as strategies to engage students in large classes

Module 4: Flipping Your Classroom through Blended Learning to Maximise the Student Experience

This topic helps preparing the academics to transform traditional lecturing sessions by flipping classroom using active blended learning approaches, use digital technologies for peer-learning and and peer-assessment to maximize student experience, and formulate and apply strategies to get students actively involved in pre-class activities (online) for the flipped classroom.

  1. Flipping your classroom using active blended learning approaches
  2. How to get students actively involved in pre-class activities (online) for the flipped classroom

Module 5: Effective Use of videos in Active Learning

This topic covers the application of various technological tools available for creating interactive videos to support Active Learning and teach how to integrate interactive videos with other learning activities in a lesson plan to support active learning.

  1. Ice breaking & Kahoot
  2. Pedagogical use of videos
  3. How to use videos to support Active Learning
  4. Apply various technological tools available for creating interactive videos to support Active Learning, H5P & Panopto

Reminder for participants:

❖ Bring your own laptop and charger for use during the workshop.

❖ Bring your Mobile Phone for OKTA verification.

❖ Complete all the pre-workshop and post-workshop activities.