Where Do You Start?
Your active learning exercises should support your learning outcomes for the session. Consider the following:
1) What do you want students to learn? (See Determining Learning Outcomes)
2) How will you see that they learned it? (See Assessing Student Learning)
3) What activity would support your learning outcome and provide you with evidence of learning?
It’s not necessary to design an active learning exercise for every learning outcome, but consider which 2 or 3 concepts are the most important for your students to learn and develop simple activities to reinforce each of these concepts.
Allow time to review and discuss the activity with your students. This will give you an opportunity to evaluate student learning and the success of your activity. Consider how you might gather information during the active learning exercise using a worksheet or an online document that provides you with evidence of student learning to assess after the session.