School of Nursing academic technology group is pleased to announce a Collaborative Learning Techniques Idea Exchange Project. This project is an extension, and continuation of our last year’s successful 60 Small Changes project, which produced many engaging class activities, lively discussions on teaching among SoN faculty, and was shared with audiences beyond SoN, at the 2015 UW-Madison Teaching Symposium (Program PDF, p. 12), and at the 2015 Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) annual conference.
We hope to have a similarly engaged group of faculty this year. Faculty who participated last year, recommended that SoN should continue the project with another round of meetings this year, suggested that we should keep last year’s format of monthly meetings on the same day as SoN DC meetings, and expressed preference for reading book which would go beyond research, and combine learning theory background with illustrative, useable examples of learning techniques and classroom activities faculty can adapt to their teaching practice.
All interested SoN faculty who can commit to attending at least 4 of our 6 monthly meetings are invited to register. All participants will receive a copy of the book Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (you can choose either a print copy, or a Kindle version of the book – click on the book cover for the book’s Amazon page with more info).
The group will meet for an hour (10:30 – 11:30 AM) once a month, on Fridays when the SoN Departmental Council (DC) also meets (see all dates and readings below). Each meeting will start with a discussion of a specific section from Part 1 or 2 of the book (focused on learning theories), and will conclude with an exchange of ideas and discussion of learning techniques from Part 3.
If you are interested, and ready to sign-up, please email or call George Jura. In your email (or voicemail) please indicate if you prefer print or Kindle version of the book.
PROJECT MEETINGS & READING SCHEDULE:
All dates are Fridays (the day of DC); the group meets at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Cooper Hall, rm.1126 (Academic Programs large conference room; you will need your badge to access the AP area).
Before each meeting please read the chapters from Part 1 and 2, and scan / review CoLTs from Part 3 (see list below). When you review Part 3, i.e., the catalog of activities, for each activity please focus on the introductory sections that present Description and Purpose, Preparation, and Procedure; optionally, review the provided examples, especially for the activities that you believe could work well in your courses.
On the list below, the next / forthcoming meeting date is listed in boldface red):
- Dec 11, 2015: Preface and Part 1, Chapter 1 – Collaborative Learning: Coming to Terms with the Term (pages ix-13 in the print edition) – read a brief summary of our first meeting;
- Jan 22, 2016, at 10:30 AM: Chapter 2 – The Case for Collaborative Learning (pages 14-33 in the print edition); and Chapter 9 – Techniques for Discussion (CoLTs 1-6: Think-Pair-Share; Round Robin, Buzz Groups, Talking Chips, Three-Step Interview, and Critical Debates, i.e., pages 151-186 in the print edition);
- Feb 12: Part 2 Intro, and Chapter 3 (pages 35-57 in the print edition), and Chapter 10 – Techniques for Reciprocal Teaching (CoLTs 7 – 12: Note-Taking Pairs, Learning Cell, Fishbowl, Role-Play, Jigsaw, and Test-Taking Teams, i.e., pages 187-223);
- Mar 11: Chapters 4 and 5 (pages 58-89 in the print edition) and Chapter 11 – Techniques for Problem-Solving (CoLTs 13-18: Think-Aloud Pair Problem-Solving TAPPs, Send-a-Problem, Case Studies, Structured Problem Solving, and Group investigation, i.e., pages 224 – 267);
- Apr 8: Chapters 6 and 7 (pages 90-117) and Chapter 12 – Techniques Using Graphic Information Organizers (CoLTs 19-23: Affinity Grouping, Group Grid, Team Matrix, Sequence Chains, Word Webs, i.e., pages 261-288);
- May 13: Chapter 8 (118-136), and Chapters 13 and 14 – Techniques Focusing on Writing, and Techniques Using Games (CoLTs 24-30: Dialogue Journals, Round Table, Dyadic Essays, Per Editing and CoLTs 31-35: Team Scavenger Hunt, Quizo, Team Jeopardy, Friendly Feud, Team Games Tournaments, pages 289-371).
We will also talk about the possible book for next year’s series!
Please help us select the book for next year’s series!
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