Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Active Learning: Labs and Practicals

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


Wednesday, March 30, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor – CORE

David Chan, TATP Sciences Trainer
Nick Eaves, TATP Sciences Trainer

Active learning is a teaching philosophy in which students participate in the lesson, rather than listening passively. Active learning techniques can increase retention and depth of understanding by engaging students through learning by doing, reflection, group discussion, and teaching others. These effective techniques can be used in myriad contexts, including lectures (of all sizes), tutorials, and labs. In this workshop, we will discuss and demonstrate different active learning methods for labs and practicals.
While active learning has often been suggested as enhancing students’ learning experience, what is the theory behind active learning, what research supports its use, and how can it be done well? In this session, we will investigate the philosophy behind active learning and the evidence that supports its effectiveness. As participants, you will apply active learning theory to your own teaching context to better understand what kinds of strategies for engaging students will work in your lab/practical sessions. Each person will create a personalized approach that takes into account both individual teaching styles and the challenges specific to different disciplines. Throughout the workshop, we will also explore a wide range of strategies and discuss how to make them work for you.
NOTE: Please come prepared to apply active learning to a specific past/upcoming/mock lab/practical that you will be teaching; a lesson plan is highly recommended.

*This session can count as Labs/Practicals Tutorial Training



Blackburn Room


David Chan
Nick Eaves