The Center for Learning and Teaching Newsletter Teaching News

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Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT)

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News Article

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New Chalk Talk

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An accepted wisdom in higher education is that students’ learning depends mostly on what they do in and out of class and not on what the instructor does, i.e. they learn best when they are involved in their own learning. This kind of learning has been coined “active learning”. The last New Chalk Talk issue (Volume 2, issue 2) addressed the subject of cooperative learning as a strategy that could be conducive to active learning when it is implemented properly. As mentioned, the three most important aspects of cooperative learning are the group, the task and the assessment. This issue will address the last two features.