Interactive classroom teaching
Engaging students through interactive learning activities promotes independent thinking skills. To maximise the learning experience, teachers need to stimulate students to be active learners through questioning, enquiring, responding and critically analysing a variety of questions and situations.
Consider Dale's Cone of Experience and reflect on the current teaching techniques you use to achieve learning outcomes.
The following clips explore ways of creating interactive student focused learning in on-campus classroom spaces.
- Interactive teaching in a lecture theatre: "Eric Mazur shows interactive teaching" (YouTube, 8:22min)
- Interactive teaching in a classroom: "Interactive Classroom" (YouTube, 4:03min)
Examples of interactive activities
The sites below offer a great list of examples of interactive activities for both classroom and online teaching.
- Brown University: Interactive Classroom Activities
- University of Central Florida: Interactive Techniques (PDF, 160kb)
Using technology for interaction in the classroom
Technology is a tool to deliver or enhance an activity, but should not be the activity itself. Technology should not be put before pedagogy. Students can become disengaged with technologies if they are not technically supported, or the process of using it does not provide any pedagogical purpose. The use of technology does not guarantee improved teaching practices or learning outcomes. What technology can do is enhance the engagement and learning process of a quality learning activity with pedagogical principles.
Check out this brief clip on what NOT to do with technology in your teaching:
For more information on the types of technologies supported by Federation University, and how to use them in your teaching, check out Technologies in teaching. Alternately contact your Faculty learning designer and/or Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, or CLIPP staff.
Considering international students
Here are some new ideas to incorporate into your current teaching practice that will facilitate greater student engagement and interaction, especially between domestic and international students. View more information about Internationalisation in the Curriculum: Classroom strategies