D-Ped 11/7: Collaboration and Active Learning

Below you will find this week’s readings* that will prepare you for our discussion and activities on collaboration in the classroom, as well as active learning. We look forward to sharing some of our insights and hearing your thoughts and concerns about these topics!

*Look for our 11/5 email for information on how to access the readings.


Required Readings:

1. Bullard L. G., & Felder, R. M. (2007). A Student-Centered Approach to Teaching Material and Energy Balances. 2. Course Instruction and Assessment. Chemical Engineering Education, 41 (3), 167-176.

2. Felder, R. M. (2007). Sermons for Grumpy Campers. Chemical Engineering Education, 41 (3), 183-184.

3. Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2007). Moving Teaching and Learning Online. In Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (pp. 105-106 and 118-126). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Recommended Readings:

1. Bruffee, K.A. (1984). Collaborative Learning and the “Conversation of Mankind.” College English, 46 (7), 635-652.

2. Prince, M. J. (2004). Does Active Learning Work? A Review of the Research. Journal of Engineering Education, 93 (3), 223-231.

3. Freire, P. (1993). Chapter 2. In Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York, NY: Continuum Books. http://www2.webster.edu/~corbetre/philosophy/education/freire/freire-2.html

4. Bok, D. (2006). Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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About sbleakney

Sarah Bleakney received her PhD in English from the University of Florida. Her dissertation examined fictional portrayals of aging masculinity in conjunction with Victorian science and medical writing. In addition to a background that includes teaching composition and literature (for which she was awarded a Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2010), she has extensive experience teaching technical and business communication. She draws on her 12 years of experience in technical and professional communications, as well as an undergraduate degree in English with a Concentration in Professional Writing and Technical Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a post-graduate certificate in Information Design from Bentley University. Her current research focuses on using technology to support student self-reflection, collaboration, and learning.
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  1. Jonathan Kotchian
    Jonathan Kotchian

    Here’s Felder talking about his method, with footage of active learning in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J1URbdisYE

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