Dr. Todd Deal (Chemistry, Georgia Southern University) used an active learning/peer-teaching project in the Spring of 2006...
Dr. Todd Deal (Chemistry, Georgia Southern University) used an active learning/peer-teaching project in the Spring of 2006 entitled "The Vitamin Project." The project resulted in a web page (created by Dr. Deal) linked to a dozen courseware projects created by pairs of students. Each of these projects included a Q & A practice module. I assisted Dr. Deal by offering students a demo and quick and dirty tutorial on Creating Courseware with PowerPoint - a workshop designed for Georgia Southern faculty. Here’s the PowerPoint/handout provided to students: CreatingCourseware_w_Ppt.pptThe feedback from students about this experience was very positive. Here are some student comments: "I am the type of learner who learns by reading and using my knowledge to explain it to others. I feel that a lot of students might also be this way. This is very beneficial also because everyone usually sometime or another will have to do a presentation in their career. Practice makes perfect and I think that the idea of using presentation skills in college classes can give student a more interactive way of learning instead of just taking notes." "I enjoyed the assignment very much and appreciated completing something ’useful’ for a change. I like that our class created something that is going to last a while and possible be a help to others. I also learned very much about the vitamins through the project." "I HATE writing papers. That’s why I was excited to find out that this project on the vitamins was a power point presentation. I am a visual, auditory, and whatever else learner ( I use many methods when I learn new information), so, power points work really well for me because they break everything up into main ideas. As Dr. Deal would say ’The Big Picture’." "...a better way to learn the material rather than just studying from a book." "I really enjoyed this type of learning. The students were allowed to be creative and learn while having fun. (Of course its not as fun as Dr Deal’s class!)" "I would use this website as an example for many classes to follow. I thought all of the presentations were put together very well; I am extremely proud of myself and my class!!" "Dr. Deal also did a very good job on explaining how he wanted these presentations done. I think that this type of assignment should be included in all majors to some degree because I feel that this has been so beneficial to me." "I felt the project as a whole was a perfect way to get us to actually learn and absorb information on the subject while compiling the information and putting the PowerPoint slides together." "...[my] classes seem to be easier for me to handle if the instructor uses power point and gives the students access to the slides. I think that it was a wonderful idea to not only have us do the power point, but also, have it posted on the Internet." "I think you did an amazing job on showing us exactly how to set them up. I really thought that the printouts to take home helped a lot..." "The mini workshop we had with you was very informative, and the packet served as an excellent review when we were actually putting the site together."
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