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How do I help students engage productively in active learning classrooms?

by Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado Boulder
If you incorporate active-learning strategies into your teaching, you may find that students don't automatically embrace this new learning approach. What are research-based recommendations for motivating students to engage? This is the introduction to a series of recommendations discussing strategies to support student engagement.  INTRODUCTION.
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engagement, active learning, productive engagement

How can I get students to have productive discussions of clicker questions?

by Jenny Knight and Sarah Wise, University of Colorado - Boulder
Clicker questions are increasingly being used to stimulate student discussion and provide faculty and students with timely feedback. Research suggests that discussing clicker questions can lead to increased student learning, and that students exchanging constructive criticism can generate conceptual change.
What can you do as an instructor to encourage all students to have…
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clickers, cooperative groups, active learning, best practices, peer instruction

Where can I find good activities for small group discussions?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort director
Nearly all research-based teaching methods in physics involve some kind of small group discussions of challenging conceptual activities. Finding good activities is an important component of making small group discussions work in your class. This recommendation includes links to collections where you can find activities to use in your class.
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active learning, SCALE-UP, Peer Instruction, CAE Think-Pair-Share, Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment, clickers, cooperative groups

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