12 September 2017, 09:30 - 16:00
Pre-conference masterclasses will take place on 11 September, 2–5pm.
Active learning focuses on students actively engaging in their learning through active problem-based learning, inverted or flipped classroom approaches, Team-Based Learning (TBL), SCALE-UP, and technology-enhanced active learning (TEAL). The conference is an opportunity for you to share your successful active learning practices as well as research into active learning.
The conference will link Team-Based Learning at University of Bradford, SCALE-UP at Nottingham Trent University and our own active learning practices. It is one of the seventeen projects funded by HEFCE's Catalyst Fund. Read more about the project on the Vice Chancellor's blog.
The Active Learning Conference aims to:
The first day (11 September, 14.00–17.00) includes masterclasses and a dinner in the evening (please note the masterclasses and dinner carry an additional cost).
The second day (12 September, 9.30–16.00) starts with a keynote followed by three one-hour slots for workshops (60 minutes) and presentations (20 minutes). After lunch, there will be a plenary discussion and further workshops and presentations. The conference is free to those attendees from HEFCE institutions.
Mike is Professor of Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK. He leads the Minerva project to transform the University’s process of course development. He also has a post as Academic Lead for the FutureLearn company. His research involves human-centred design of new technologies and environments for learning. He inaugurated the mLearn conference series and was Founding President of the International Association for Mobile Learning. He is Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. He is author of over 300 papers in the areas of educational technology, science education, human-centred design of personal technologies, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science.
Professor Mike Sharples' keynote will focus on 'Designs for Active Learning'.
Active learning can increase engagement, retention and performance, but is difficult to achieve online. Learning platforms have been criticised for promoting passive learning from watching videos and reading texts. Professor Sharples will discuss designs for active learning with examples from flexible learning rooms, the FutureLearn platform and nQuire-it, a platform for inquiry-based science learning. These have been developed through processes of pedagogy-led design to support learning through conversation, collaboration, peer review, field work and inquiry. The keynote will describe successes with these platforms, and issues including learner attitudes, sustained motivation and facilitation. We’re now exploring how hybrid courses, formative analytics, reputation management, and dynamic assessment can offer new forms of active learning for campus students in ‘flipped classroom’ mode alongside open access learners.
9.30–10.00 Coffee and registration
10.10–11 Keynote: Designs for Active Learning by Professor Mike Sharples
11.10–12.10pm Presentations and workshops
13.00–13.30 Plenary discussion (expert and/or student-led)
13.40–14.40 Presentations and workshops
15.00–16.00 Presentations and workshops
The masterclasses take place on 11 September, 2–5pm, at a cost of £75. Below are more details about the masterclasses. Choose your masterclass and book your place.
For ARU staff, please book your place using Agresso. Search for ef_taskdes / gold-zone / scale_up.
We should adopt active learning strategies to make best use of our time with our students so it is crucial that the tasks we set effectively deliver high levels of student engagement and challenge students to apply their learning.
In Team-Based Learning (TBL) we use the simple but effective 4S model to structure our tasks. This workshop will be delivered in a TBL format so that participants can explore the anatomy of 4S task design, experience at least two types of active learning tasks, and develop and use criteria to review tasks. Finally, we will share a peer review tool to aid future task development and signpost further resources.
Prof Lancaster believes that the success of all active learning pedagogies depends on the nature of the questions we ask. Active learning is not about finding out what our students know but about providing opportunities for them to learn something new. To achieve this, a question needs to be conceptual in nature, requiring not recall but understanding and application. It also needs to be pitched at the right level. Too easy and everybody can answer. Too hard and nobody can answer. By employing questions in “The Goldilocks Zone”, we can lever the social dimension of the lecture theatre experience to collectively construct understanding. In this masterclass, we will discuss how to ensure the answers we select surface all the misconceptions. We’ll explore approaches to question co-creation with students and the forging of learning partnerships. Above all, Prof Lancaster practises what he preaches and the masterclass will be highly interactive.
SCALE-UP is an active learning approach where students learn concepts using online materials before they come to class, and then apply them in a series of enquiry-based, problem-solving activities in the sessions.
In 2013, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) became the first UK University to pilot SCALE-UP in an institutional, multi-disciplinary project. Today, we’re also interested in the possibilities of using SCALE-UP alongside other active learning pedagogies to address unexplained disparities in progression and attainment.
In this masterclass, you will have the opportunity to: