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    Mapping the Holy

    In CB51: Making the Middle Ages, the teaching staff, consisting of Professor Dan Smail and TFs Rowan Dorin, Zoe Silverman, Joey McMullen, and Rena Lauer, had students read a common text on a medieval saint, extract all the place names mentioned, and map them in order to learn about the nature of communication in the Middle Ages, geographic analysis, and how to use WorldMap, a way to create and publish maps of geospatial information.... Read more about Mapping the Holy

    The Problem of Scale in Evolution

    Created by Jillian Banks, Jeremy Brown, Cindy Gordon, Chris Gregg, Travis Marsico, Chris Osovitz, and Rebecca Symula, this activity focuses on the importance of temporal scale and specifically seeks to resolve the common student misconception that evolutionary change is only observable on a single timescale.  It utilizes index cards in an interactive jigsaw.... Read more about The Problem of Scale in Evolution

    Cells vs. Buildings

    Created by Kostia Bergman, Erin Cram, Wendy Smith, Scott Dobrin, Presque Isle, and Judith Roe, this lesson for an intermediate Cell Biology course encourages students to take a big-picture view of the cell by comparing cells to buildings in order to think about the dynamic processes within cells. The lesson utilizes a jigsaw and quick write.... Read more about Cells vs. Buildings

    East Asian Text Diagrams

    Overview: This activity helps students read texts, analyze them, and present the information into a diagram.

    Goals:  Enable students to closely and quickly analyze texts.

    Introduction/Background: Students were given texts to read in class. Each of the texts was of a kind that can be represented straightforwardly as a diagram: geography (map), a series of events (cyclical calendar), or a description of the body in relation to the cosmos (a star...

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    Electron Transport Chain

    Introduction/Background: In Jennifer Osterhage's Introductory Biology I taught at the University of Kentucky, she taught the concepts involved in the electron transport chain using a fun, interactive activity with clickers and student volunteers.  

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    Conceptual Mapping for the Big Picture

    Overview: In this activity, students work as a group to create one large conceptual map that includes many or all of the key concepts from the course using large Post-it notes and dry easer markers.

    Class: HGSE T543: Apply Cognitive Science to Teaching and Learning (section)

    Goals

    (1)  For students to see the big picture and connections between the concepts of the course.

    (2)  To assess where students are at in their understanding of the course concepts and where...

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    Reflection for Fine Tuning

    Overview: This reflective activity is designed to provide the instructor with feedback about students’ understanding of course concepts and about their experience with the course.

    Class: HGSE T139 Investigating Learning and Teaching Through Close Collaborative Examination of Student and Teacher Work

    Goals

    To assess students’ understanding of course concepts and their experience with the course...

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    Reflection on Course Learning Goals

    Overview: This activity is designed to assess students’ understanding of the course learning goals by engaging the students in an active, individualistic question and answer session. It provides the instructor with valuable insights about his/her students’ learning and if the course learning objectives are being met.

    Course: HGSE T139 Investigating Teaching and Learning Through Close-Collaborative Examination of Student and Teacher Work

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    Peer-to-Peer Outline Feedback

    Overview: In this activity, students read each other's outlines on their final course paper and then met in small groups to give each other constructive feedback. 

    Course: H156 Research Schools

    Goals

    1) To provide students with feedback on their outlines

    2) To give students the opportunity to peer teach and to see how other students are structuring their outlines and arguments

    Introduction/Background: Research supports that peer-to-peer teaching can be...

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