STORIES IN COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE

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L&S Stories

  • ARTICLE: Active and Cooperative Learning | California State University, Los Angeles The past decade has seen an explosion of interest among college faculty in the teaching methods variously grouped under the terms ‘active learning’ and ‘cooperative learning’. However, even with this interest, there remains much misunderstanding of and mistrust of the pedagogical “movement” behind the words. The majority of all college faculty still teach their classes in the traditional lecture mode. Some of the criticism and hesitation seems to originate in the idea that techniques of active and cooperative learning are genuine alternatives to, rather than enhancements of, professors’ lectures. We provide below a survey of a wide variety of active learning techniques ...
  • ARTICLE: Impacts of Active Learning on Student Outcomes in Large-Lecture Biology Courses Author: Kristy L. Daniel Kristy L. Daniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, Texas State University, 254 Supple Science Bldg., San Marcos, TX 78666; e-mail: kristydaniel@txstate.edu. Abstract: Learning theorists have provided ample evidence supporting the use of active, student-centered, social learning environments. However, little action has been taken within U.S. university curricula to transform lecture courses so that they include such teaching methods. By adding cooperative and collaborative activities into large-lecture, introductory biology courses, I was able to measure the impacts of such active-learning strategies on student attendance and performance. I gathered data from two investigations involving 378 undergraduates from ...
  • New ESL Active Learning Lab Opens In November 2016, the English as a Second Language program opened a new Active Learning Lab on the 6th floor of Helen C. White. “An active learning environment that facilitates communication, the space was built to encourage collaborative learning, rather than the compartmentalization and individual work that was feature of language labs following models originated in the 60s and 70s. The design moves away from the one student to one computer pedagogical model…by bringing in a mixture of desktop and tablet computers, maximizing free spaces for adaptability and movement, and embracing wireless communication.  The result is a model of the ...
  • 2016-2017 EI Small Grant Award Recipients The Educational Innovation (EI) Small Grant Program supports faculty and instructional staff in their efforts to experiment with new technologies and new ways of learning. The program is modestly funded and typically awards grants of up to $10,000. The following is the list of recipients of the EI Small Grant awards for 2016-2017.  Half of the recipients are those who have participated in our blended learning programs. They appear in BOLD. Lynne Prost, Biochemistry (College of Agricultural & Life Sciences) Walter Goodman, Entomology (College of Agricultural & Life Sciences) Jenny Higgins, Gender and Women’s Studies (College of Letters and Science) Ivy Corfis, Spanish and Portuguese ...
  • Professor Lyn Van Swol’s Blended Course A year from now, Professor Lyn Van Swol’s CA 368: Theory and Practice of Persuasion will be in full-swing as a blended course. Blended courses have a substantial online component while retaining face-to-face time in class, and have gained popularity in recent years. Prof. Van Swol will be testing the waters with the blended course approach after this spring break by converting her course’s structure for a week. For the past several months, she has been building portions of her course in Case Scenario and creating online modules in Moodle. She has been recording her lectures for the class to view online, ...
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