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Tuesday, May 12 • 2:05pm - 2:35pm
Active Learning for Real-World Inquiry

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Active Learning for Real-World Inquiry
Doug Hamilton, Elizabeth Childs, Devina Dandar, Rick Kool
Royal Roads University

This interactive session is for instructors interested in developing engaging and relevant strategies to support students who are learning how to do applied research. As technology changes rapidly, undergraduate and graduate students are faced with unique challenges in developing information and research literacy skills that can be used in applied research projects. The purpose of this session is to support instructors in using active learning strategies to help students to overcome the fear of doing research; to systematically and thoughtfully plan their studies; to access meaningful resources from library services; to develop a viable support system for their research; and to think about how to maximize the impact of their research findings. Active learning refers to “instructional strategies involving students in doing things and thinking about what they are doing” (Bonwell and Eison, 1991). According to Meyers and Jones (1993), “active learning has two basic assumptions: (1) that learning is by nature an active endeavor and (2) that different people learn in different ways”. Attendees of this session will explore student learning needs specific to the research process, learn about different ways that active learning strategies and resources can be used in teaching research concepts and methods, and share their own experiences in teaching and learning about research. The session will conclude with an overview of a new OER book that the presenters are developing that is collecting and curating time-tested active learning resources, tips, and strategies from faculty members teaching applied research using an active learning approach.


Tuesday May 12, 2020 2:05pm - 2:35pm PDT
Ballroom 1

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