Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dear Administrator: Flip Your Meeting?

The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 21st, 2015




Passive learning is when students are expected to receive information handed down by means of lectures and slides. It’s a time-tested form of course design that has repeatedly been shown to result in poor retention of the material. Certainly a well-crafted and well-delivered lecture can be a component of a great course. But relying too much on students to function as passive receptacles for information just doesn’t work that well.
Neither does relying on faculty members to be passive listeners. Yet far too many campus meetings follow the PowerPoint, information-dump model, in which an administrator (or even a fellow faculty member) stands at a podium and talks at the faculty, and then opens the floor to questions. What would happen if we thought of these internal meetings as a teaching moment, and applied the best practices of active learning?
I approached some faculty-development experts and asked for their thoughts on active learning and faculty meetings. Here’s what they said. 


Passive learning is when students are expected to receive information handed down by means of lectures and slides. It’s a time-tested form of course design that has repeatedly been shown to result in poor retention of the material. Certainly a well-crafted and well-delivered lecture can be a component of a great course. But relying too much on students to function as passive receptacles for information just doesn’t work that well.
Neither does relying on faculty members to be passive listeners. Yet far too many campus meetings follow the PowerPoint, information-dump model, in which an administrator (or even a fellow faculty member) stands at a podium and talks at the faculty, and then opens the floor to questions. What would happen if we thought of these internal meetings as a teaching moment, and applied the best practices of active learning?
I approached some faculty-development experts and asked for their thoughts on active learning and faculty meetings. Here’s what they said.
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