General Information about Problem-Based, Collaborative Inquiry courses

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Title: Teaching for Understanding 07

Author: Heather Gould

Abstract: This mini-course has been created with the professional development of currently practicing teachers in mind. It will serve as a refresher course that will introduce, discuss, and employ the concept of teaching for understanding.

Course Objective: Course participants should be able to generate a revised lesson plan in written form from a given lesson plan that exemplifies improvements to the lesson so that student understanding of the target topic is increased.

Tag(s): teaching, understanding


Title: Learning Communities in the Classroom

Author: Barbara Easton

Abstract: This course seeks to help teachers understand how and why the development of learning communities within the classroom will benefit both students and teachers.

Course Objective: After completing this mini-course, you should be able to: recognize the importance of creating learning communities in the classroom, describe the ways in which students benefit from learning communities, and create a plan for incorporating learning communities in your classroom.

Tag(s): learning communities, classroom


Title: Knowledge Building & Information Literacy K-16+

Author: Mary Donohue

Abstract: Introduction to the concepts of “Knowledge Building” and “Information Literacy”.

Course Objective: By the end of the course, the learner will be able to: Identify the unique characteristics of 'Knowledge Building'; Identify the various parts of Knowledge Forum, the online tool used to create a knowledge building environment; Identify the Information Literacy standards established by AASL/ACRL; Generate an updated Information Literacy unit/lesson, utilizing Knowledge Building concepts and the KF environment ; Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and enhance this Knowledge Building course.

Tag(s): knowledge building, online tool, information literacy


Title: Effective Questioning in the Classroom

Author: Abigail Moskovits

Abstract: This course was designed to expose students to the merits and benefits of using questions in the classroom.

Course Objective: The goal of this course is to provide the learners with the tools they need to be effective classroom teachers and facilitators.

Tag(s): questioning, classroom


Title: Science Inquiry

Author: Jingping Chen

Abstract: Inform teachers how to teach science through inquiry.

Course Objective: By the end of this course, course participants should be able to: Understand the concept of Science Inquiry; Get to know the procedure of doing inquiry in science teaching; Understand the principles and procedure of developing materials that promote inquiry in science teaching; Analysis the given lesson plans and projects that exemplifies improvements of using inquiry; Design the inquiry-based science lesson plans or projects; Choose to use inquiry method in the classroom teaching or project designing; Choose to advocate the inquiry-based teaching method in discussions with peers.

Tag(s): science inquiry, science teaching


Title: Teaching to Multiple Intelligences

Author: David Lawrence

Abstract: Introduction to multiple intelligence and teaching strategies

Course Objective: Learners should be able to understand the use of multiple intelligences in the classroom, evaluate students' learning preferences, apply teaching strategies to enhance multiple intelligences, and create a cross curricular project with multiple intelligences.

Tag(s): multiple intelligence


Title: Cognitive Apprenticeship

Author: Ruby Roberts

Abstract: Introduction to Cognitive Apprenticeship as an instructional model.

Course Objective: Learners will be able to identify ways to incorporate the model in your classroom for problem-solving tasks and use Cognitive Apprentice ship as an instructional model in classroom teaching.

Tag(s): cognitive apprenticeship, instructional model


Title: Garden-Based Learning Across the Curriculum

Author: Donna Alese Cooke

Abstract: Introduction to the principles, theory and practice of garden-based learning (GBL)

Course Objective: Learners will be able to integrate garden-based lessons into their curriculum.

Tag(s): garden-based learning


Title: From Teacher-Centered to Learner-Centered, A Faculty Mini-course

Author: Francia Reed

Abstract: The purpose of this mini-course is to provide an in-service for Nursing Faculty on the principles and significance of adopting and utilizing a learner-centered approach in nursing education. Course Objective: Upon the completion of this mini-course, the learners will 1) accurately describe learner-centered education principles; 2) display a positive attitude toward using learner centered principles; 3) identify several learner-centered strategies they can employ in their classrooms.

Tag(s): nursing education, learner-centered approach


Title: Introduction to Project Based Learning

Author: Maria Urquidi

Abstract: The goal of this mini-course is to provide an introduction to what Project Based Learning is and why research shows it to be so effective, so that learners will want to learn more. Course Objective: Upon the completion of this course, students will be clear about the following four questions: 1) what is and what is not PBL? 2) why is PBL an effective way to teach? 3) how do I begin a project? 4) where can I find resources and examples?

Tag(s): PBL (Project Based Learning)


Title: Incorporating Problem Based Learning Using the Scientific Method

Author: April Taylor

Abstract: The intent of this mini-course is to provide the learner with an opportunity to experience how problem based learning (PBL) can be applied to any science classroom, particularly its use to assist students in the mastery of the scientific method concept.

Course Objective: Upon the completion of this course, students will be clear about the following four questions: 1) what is problem-based learning? 2) why this methodology is important and useful? 3) what scientific methods are and how they can be use to support problem based learning? 4) how to effectively facilitate problem based learning?

Tag(s): PBL (Project Based Learning)


Title: LOOP IN PASCAL Course

Author: Alex De Kweldju

Abstract: This course was designed to teach concept and application of loop commands in Pascal using combination between Project Based Learning (PBL) and blended environment with Moodle as Learning Management System.

Course Objective: By taking this course, student will be expected to answer the inquiry question by identifying and creating all possible solutions using loop commands, collaboratively discussing and deciding best solution, and identifying another real world problem that requires loop command to be solved.

Tag(s): Pascal, PBL (Project Based learning), Blended learning, Moodle


Title: Collaboration_course

Author: Robert Ekblaw

Abstract: This course provides examples and examinations into various forms of collaborative learning. Using a filter composed of the important features of collaborative learning, the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of electronic collaborative learning are discussed.

Course Objective: This course will enable learners have a better understanding of how collaborative learning supports a deeper understanding of knowledge, then list and explain how to effectively use collaborative learning in a discussion group.

Tag(s): collaborative learning, group discussion, effectiveness,


Title: Student lead classroom model

Author: Ian August

Abstract: This mini course will tackle the topic of student led activities in the classroom. The idea behind student led classroom activities is that the more the students are engaged in the material the better the students understanding of the material.

Course Objective: The goal of this mini course is to help teachers, especially at the college level, in the implementation of new pedagogy practices into their current teaching curriculum.

Tag(s): Classroom, pedagogy practices, Teaching, Students