Academic and Clinical Education
Traditional teaching structures - such as presentations, facilitated discussions, and small group discussions - can result in experiences that are either so controlled that learners have limited opportunity to engage or so loose that they feel frustrated and lost. Using active learning strategies can lead to more effective, satisfying, and memorable teaching, as well as improved outcomes. In this session, we will examine evidence supporting active learning, and explore strategies that engage learners in and out of the classroom. The emphasis will be on building collaborative, inclusive, and learner-centered environments for learners to analyze, create, role play, experience, reflect, and more.
This session will introduce participants to Liberating Structures (LS), a menu of 33 active learning strategies, by ENGAGING in LS. Participants will immediately brainstorm opportunities to apply them to their own teaching and learning. The presenters will share their own experience of applying LS in a variety of settings, as well as feedback from learners who engaged in these strategies during a pediatric physical therapy course. Participants will share individual successes, reveal challenges, and uncover opportunities to use LS, and will design at least one active learning technique to immediately use in their own classroom or organization.