Active Learning Examples: Geocaching


Name of Activity: Geocaching Instructor: Katharine Wright   Class: TRE 120   Description of Activity: Students use handheld GPS’s to locate geocaches hidden on WPCC campus and around Morganton. Procedure for Activity: Students are introduced to geocaching as an activity, shown the geocaching.com website, explore the many caches located in Morganton. Students are then presented…

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Name of Activity: The Walt Disney World Project Instructor: Sam Vegter   Class: BUS 110 Description of Activity: Students must make the most out of a day in Disney World using the information they’ve learn in Operations Management.   Procedure for Activity Students are given the Walt Disney World Project handout. They have to decide which…

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Active Learning Examples: Discussion Panel


Name of Activity: Early Childhood Professional Discussion Panel Instructor: Kasey Gardner   Class: DU (Program Wide) Description of Activity: Early Childhood Professionals from the area discussed career options, qualifications, interview skills, and other topics in the field. The panel also had a question and answer session.   Procedure for Activity Students discussed career options, interview skills,…

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Active Learning Examples: Disaster Response


Name of Activity: Disaster Response Instructor: Katie Hoover   Class: ENG 111   Description of Activity:  I use this activity to begin a discussion on stereotypes for a Causal Analysis Essay. Procedure for Activity:  We have complete this activity in the active learning room to reduce distractions. I count off to divide students into groups,…

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Active Learning Examples: Calling All Bards


Name of Activity: Calling all Bards! Instructor: Sam Vegter   Class: ECO 251   Description of Activity:  I use this activity to reinforce the ideas behind the ten pillars of economic thought. Procedure for Activity:  After our lesson on the ten pillars of economic thought I hand out a paper outline the Calling all Bards…

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Active Learning Examples: Amazing Race


Name of Activity: The Amazing Race, Library Edition Instructor: Sam Vegter   Class: BUS 110   Description of Activity: Students must answer global business questions to complete three separate race tickets. Procedure for Activity: Students are put into groups of two or three and taken to the library. They are given an individual race ticket…

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Active Learning Ideas: The Case Study


Case Study

Case Study Applying theory to an instance as described by some source material can demonstrate the applicability of the course material beyond the classroom. A good case study: Presents students with a situation they can relate to from their own life experience. Includes realistic information. Examples can include scripts of exchanges that took place between…

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Active Learning Ideas: The Fish-Bowl


A fish bowl allows a small group of students to engage in a discussion about ideas or concepts that have alternative explanations while the rest of the class observes and takes notes. It is a strategy used not only in classrooms but also in business meetings and other settings where group dynamics are important.

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Active Learning Ideas: Group Discussion


The literal definition of a group discussion is obvious: a critical conversation about a particular topic, or perhaps a range of topics, conducted in a group of a size that allows participation by all members.  A group of two or three generally doesn’t need a leader to have a good discussion, but once the number reaches five or six, a leader or facilitator can often be helpful.  When the group numbers eight or more, a leader or facilitator, whether formal or informal, is almost always helpful in ensuring an effective discussion.

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Active Learning Ideas: The Guided Analysis


Students LOVE to talk. Why not help them do what they do best? This technique helps students develop their analytical skills in any field by observing your analytical skills in action and puts them into groups to discuss the information between themselves.

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