Quiz on Active Learning Tutorial

Click on the letter corresponding to your response to each of the questions that follow.

1. Which of the following definitions best captures this module's definition of active learning?
         
(a) Students taking notes on a lecture.
          (b) All students in class being asked to speak, write, or reflect on something.
          (c) All students in class working in groups on an assigned activity.
          (d) All students being physically active in class.

Would each of the following classroom events qualify as a good active learning practice, a questionable active learning practice, or not active learning as defined in this module? (Some of these questions are matters of opinion--we'll just give you our take, and if it differs from yours, no worries.)

2. Instructor asks a question and calls on a student to respond.
         
(a)  good active learning practice       (b) questionable active learning practice       (c) not active learning

3. Instructor asks a question, gives the students 10 seconds to work on it individually, and calls on a student to give his/her response.
         
(a)  good active learning practice       (b) questionable active learning practice       (c) not active learning

4. Instructor asks a question, gives the students 10 seconds to work on it individually, then has them form pairs and gives the pairs 30 seconds to try to reach consensus on the correct answer, and finally calls on a student to give the pair's response.
         
(a)  good active learning practice       (b) questionable active learning practice       (c) not active learning

5. Instructor poses a problem, gives students two minutes to work in pairs on beginning the problem solution, and calls on students in several pairs to report on what their pairs did.
         
(a)  good active learning practice       (b) questionable active learning practice       (c) not active learning

6. Instructor poses a problem, gives students 10 minutes to work in groups of five to solve the problem, and calls on students in several groups to report on their groups' solutions.
         
(a)  good active learning practice       (b) questionable active learning practice       (c) not active learning

7. Instructor lists several superpowers (ability to fly, ability to see through walls, etc.), gives students a minute to work in groups of three to reach consensus on which power they would choose, and calls on a student to give his/her group's selection and the reasons behind it.
         
(a)  good active learning practice       (b) questionable active learning practice       (c) not active learning

8. Instructor puts up a multiple-choice conceptual question, students use their cell phones to record their answers and the instructor displays the distribution of responses, then the students discuss their responses with each other in pairs and revote. The instructor gives the correct answer and the class discusses why the other answers were wrong.
         
(a)  good active learning practice       (b) questionable active learning practice       (c) not active learning

9. The optimal class session contains
         
(a) mostly lecturing
          (b) mostly activities
          (c) an equal blend of lecturing and activities
          (d) a variable blend of lecturing and activities

10. You want to show a complex problem solution to your class in a way that best equips the students to solve a similar problem themselves. The technique recommended for this purpose in the module is
         
(a) showing the step-by-step solution in class, giving students the chance to ask questions after every step
          (b) thinking-aloud pair problem solving (TAPPS)
          (c) think-pair-share
          (d) using personal response system (clicker) technology

11. An advantage of think-pair-share over small-group active learning is
         
(a)  it takes less class time
          (b) it provides the learning benefits of both individual reflection and interactivity
          (c) it leads to greater acquisition of critical thinking skill
          (d) all of the above

12. Which of the following active learning practices are recommended?
         
(a)  Explaining the benefits of active learning to students before using it in a course
          (b) Proactively putting reluctant students into active learning groups on Day 1
          (c) Calling on non-participating students for responses to questions
          (d) Ejecting non-participating students from class
          (e) Not worrying about non-participating students after the first few days of class

          If you have additional responses to Question 12, click on them.
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