Active Learning Toolkit Series

The Active Learning Toolkit Series has been developed by teaching academics for teaching academics, tutors and sessional staff. Browse through resources, tools and exemplars to help you actively engage and support your students both in the virtual and physical classroom.

Toolkit 1. Introducing Active Learning

New to active learning or need re-familiarising? This collection will help you get started or re-introduce it back into the classroom.

Examplars

Fostering a sense of Community with your Students

Dr Daniel Mansfield (UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics) talks about fostering a sense of community with his Maths Students through social streaming platform Twitch.tv.

‘Twitch.tv is a streaming platform dedicated to live video. What it does really well is help people create interactive live content. In 2016 I began exam revision live streams during the study break, and I chose twitch.tv to foster a sense of community and interaction with my students. When the COVID lockdown came in 2020, I used the same platform to run a Friday night social stream for my students. The aim was to replicate, as much as possible given the circumstances, the social aspects of university learning by creating a relaxed place where students could chat with each other and their lecturer. I stream Friday nights from about 8:30pm AEST on twitch.tv/danielfmansfield. We are currently reading "Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Roald Dahl.’
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The dawning era of Peer to Peer Education

Assoc Prof. Julien Epps (UNSW School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications) talks about a case study of remote mentoring applied to second-year electrical engineering course, and reflects on nearer-term insights into how students can be assisted in the context of formative self-directed learning.
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From Studio to Microsoft Teams in 48 hours

Karin Watson (UNSW Art & Design) discusses in her lecture some of the strategies used to minimise disruption and avoid potential technology roadblocks. It also highlights the importance of using visuals, enhancing teaching presence, structuring time differently, Scaffolding peer feedback and introducing drop-in sessions to enhance the collaborative learning experience.
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Building, Gaming and Mentoring: students’ learning in construction

Dr Benson Lim (UNSW Built Environment) presents a teaching model which integrates the concepts of scaffolding, experiential learning, problem- & game-based learning and mentoring, which has been developed to facilitate students’ learning in construction courses. Find out how scenario-based team brainstorming games helped enhance students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills and, more importantly, how they built team camaraderie for their subsequent scenario-based group assignment.

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Making tutorial preparation engaging: The role of case video quizzes

Dr Veronica Zixi Jiang discusses how pre-tutorial preparation is essential for tutorial learning success. In the tutorials for her course ‘Elements of Marketing’, Dr Jiang discusses how using real marketing cases encourages students to engage in active problem-based learning.

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Active Learning in Curriculum / Course Design

Cristina Ramos Jaime (UNSW Built Environment) discusses ‘What Knowledge do I want my students to be able to apply when they have completed my course?’ and the inclusion of active learning concepts within the curriculum/course design of the three courses she teaches.

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UNSW Active Learning Initiative: Supporting academic staff in Active Learning Spaces

Joanna Kartheritsas (Learning Environments, PVCESEpresents on how active learning is supported in both the virtual and physical classroom. Joanna shares tips on how to ‘activate’ your virtual classroom through the use of Blackboard Collaborate tools and the resources which have been developed through the Active Learning Initiative that support Active Learning in a physical teaching space.

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Toolkit 2. Active Learning Online

This collection highlights ideas, tips and ways to get your students actively engaged when they are learning virtually.

Template Slides to download for your Virtual Class by Dr Victoria Clout
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Standby Slide for Students
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Welcome Slide Pack
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Netiquette Slide
Examplars EF Thought Leadership: Online Teaching Experiences
A/Prof Jayashri Ravishankar focuses on the online delivery of an advanced analytical electrical engineering course that was in a 100% flipped mode since 2018
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Examplars Course Planning and Time Management for Online Teaching in Term 2, 2020
A/Prof Jayashri Ravishankar covers essential details for an online class including planning and various time management strategies to make your course interesting for your students
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Examplars Building a Student Online Community in Large Classes
Dr Natalie Oh discusses building an e-team teaching spirit, the use of a performance management tool and coordination & delivery for quality community building in large classes
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Examplars Remote Delivery in response to COVID-19
Dr May Lim and Dr Peter Neal share candid stories about how they adapted, preserved and survived the shift to remote delivery in response to the coronavirus. In their presentation they share tips and tricks they have used to move lectures, tutorials and assessments online, including what had helped, what to avoid, what was unexpected
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Examplars How to activate your ‘virtual classroom’ in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Joanna Kartheritsas (Learning Environments, PVCESE) presents on how the ‘virtual classroom’ is activated through the use of tools available in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. In this presentation, Joanna shares tips on how to start your virtual ‘active’ class as well as Active Learning resources developed through the Active Learning Initiative that support Active Learning in both the virtual and physical classrooms.
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Examplars Electrical Engineering: ‘Reimagining education from the lab to the living room’
Read how Electrical Engineering students have been able to access the same hands-on lab experience whilst learning remotely thanks to their tech-savvy teachers.
Article
Examplars UNSW Art & Design: Digital Learning with Karin Watson
Watch how Karin explains how she is embracing digital learning with her first-year students studying Bachelor of Design at Art & Design.
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Examplars Student Perspective on the Student Experience
Watch Education Focussed academics spoke to six UNSW students about their experience with online learning and how they're adjusting to new ways of learning.
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Examplars EF Academics in the Faculty of Engineering share their experiences in online teaching and helping students stay on track
Read the experiences of three Education Focussed academics in Engineering as they share their thoughts on teaching their ‘flipped’ classes virtually
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Examplars The EF Community of Practice (CoP) ‘Online Education Resources’ shares resources for Online Roleplay in the virtual classroom
Explore the resources collated for ‘Online Roleplay’ using online experiential learning and implementation including a guide on using Online Roleplay for assessments
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Examplars The EF Community of Practice (CoP) ‘Online Education Resources’ shares resources for Interactive Virtual Reality
Explore the resources collated for ‘Interactive Virtual Reality’ as a method to deliver lessons thereby immersing the student in computer generated environments, pre-recorded 360 deg videos or panoramas enabling them to explore and interact
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Examplars Learning Maths through Virtual Reality
Watch Dr Daniel Mansfield demonstrate the Virtual Reality program developed in collaboration with the Immersive Technologies team for his first year Maths students. The program enables students to investigate the course topic of Vectors for themselves
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Toolkit 3. Enhancing student engagement through Active Learning

This collection is designed for who are familiar with active learning, this toolkit has advanced strategies to further build the student’s active classroom experience.

Examplars Active Learning in Curriculum / Course Design
Cristina Ramos Jaime (UNSW Built Environment) discusses ‘What Knowledge do I want my students to be able to apply when they have completed my course?’ and the inclusion of active learning concepts within the curriculum/course design of the three courses she teaches.
Presentation
Video Presentation
Examplars Building, Gaming and Mentoring: students’ learning in construction
Dr Benson Lim (UNSW Built Environment) presents a teaching model which integrates the concepts of scaffolding, experiential learning, problem- & game-based learning and mentoring, which has been developed to facilitate students’ learning in construction courses. Find out how scenario-based team brainstorming games helped enhance students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills and, more importantly, how they built team camaraderie for their subsequent scenario-based group assignment. 
Video Presentation
Examplars Making tutorial preparation engaging: The role of case video quizzes
Dr Veronica Zixi Jiang discusses how pre-tutorial preparation is essential for tutorial learning success. In the tutorials for her course ‘Elements of Marketing’, Dr Jiang discusses how using real marketing cases encourages students to engage in active problem-based learning.
Presentation
Examplars Dove, Peacock, Owl or Eagle – What do birds have to do with scaffolding students for online teamwork
Dr May Lim presents an auto-ethnographic journey and reflection on the design of a level 3 engineering design course to enhance the students’ team experience. The detailed exploration of the context, the reaction from students and the teacher, as well as the approaches to address the development of effective and appropriate team interaction provide a valuable insight for others approaching a similar redevelopment or ways of addressing team activities online.
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DOPE Bird 4 Personality Type Test
Tools for Remote Collaboration
Examplars Building a Student Online Community in Large Classes
Dr Natalie Oh discusses building an e-team teaching spirit, the use of a performance management tool and coordination & delivery for quality community building in large classes
Video Presentation
Examplars How to activate your ‘virtual classroom’ in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Joanna Kartheritsas (Learning Environments, PVCESE) presents on how the ‘virtual classroom’ is activated through the use of tools available in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. In this presentation, Joanna shares tips on how to start your virtual ‘active’ class as well as Active Learning resources developed through the Active Learning Initiative that support Active Learning in both the virtual and physical classrooms.
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