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Doing the flip

The Active Class has a great post today about doing "the flip." For those of you who are not familiar, the idea behind the flip is to swap when lectures and homework takes place.

Start lectures early

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Exposing students to ideas they will encounter in lecture can be done in more ways than assigning textbook reading ahead of time.

Are they learning? Find out now with clickers


Standing in front of a sea of faces, you may wonder if students are truly understanding the concepts you are explaining. Clickers offer a way to periodically gauge students' understanding--which can direct your teaching, and keep students attentive.

Bring Web Conferencing into Class

Think Web conferencing is out of reach? Think again. Connect offers instructors a web conferencing tool for bringing guest speakers into class, hosting virtual class meetings, and recording online discussions. Connect is an easy-to-use web conferencing tool available at no cost to instructors.

Adobe Connect is an easy-to-use highly customizable browser-based tool that features live two-way audio and video, PowerPoint delivery, screen and application sharing, whiteboards, breakout groups, polling, and more.

"I used Adobe Connect to teach a course while I was traveling on other work-related business," stated Doug Harris, Associate Professor in Educational Policy Studies. "I hope to use it to record class sessions and then allow these to be accessed later by others who inquire about specific topics, much like I would send an article I wrote--but in this case a class session."

Adobe Connect is now available to all UW-Madison faculty and staff at reduced costs through the DoIT Tech Store. Best of all, instructors can use Connect free of charge for use in timetable courses.

Brief demonstrations to be announced soon.

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Integrate small group work

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"Collaborative learning combines two key goals: learning to work and solve problems in the company of others, and sharpening one’s own understanding by listening seriously to the insights of others, especially those with different backgrounds and life experiences." (LEAP High Impact Practices)

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