March 21, 2019
Discussion facilitated by Amy Witter Department of Chemistry, Dickinson College and Richard D. Kelly Department of Chemistry, East Stroudsburg University
Active learning is a popular buzzword used in education to encompass a lot of different practices. At Dickinson, we use technology to engage students in active learning, and we promote experiential learning as part of active learning. But at the nuts and bolts level, what does active learning look like in the science classroom and laboratory? In this open-format seminar, we will be exchanging ideas about the forms active learning takes in science at Dickinson, and discuss challenges and perhaps solutions to issues we face when trying to practically engage students in their own learning. Rather than present one overarching picture of active learning, we are hoping to learn from others the pinnacles and pitfalls of using this approach.