Today is Active Learning Day!

activelearningday-croppedIn an effort to raise awareness of active learning pedagogies, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has declared October 25, 2016, Active Learning Day.

Active learning strategies proactively engage students’ minds on relevant concepts through in-class discussions and activities. By participating in active learning exercises, students receive formative feedback on their comprehension of course concepts in real-time. Knowing which concepts students grasp and which concepts students struggle with allows instructors to adapt their lesson plans and maximize the precious face-to-face time they have with their students.

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Did that go well? … (Collecting midterm feedback from your students)

midterm-feedback-image-croppedWhen you teach, it’s natural to wonder how it’s going. Are the students getting it? Are they interested in the course content? Do they think the examples you are using are as illuminating as you do? If you are teaching this fall, consider collecting feedback from your students about their class experience so far. Now, 6-7 weeks from the beginning of the term, is a good time to solicit feedback. It is far enough into the semester that you’ve given yourself and your students time to adjust, but it is still far enough from the end of the term to give you time to tweak and adjust the course components if needed.

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Support for your Fall Semester Teaching

The beginning of the Fall semester just a couple weeks away. Are you stressing about teaching a new course, teaching for the first time, or teaching at MIT for the first time?  The Teaching and Learning Lab is here to support you in your teaching, whether you’veDipa_CEEworkshop been teaching for years, or are just getting started!  Staff from TLL are also available to help create customized department-based workshops to serve the needs of groups of faculty, students, or postdocs in a particular discipline.

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