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“Messy” Questions Often Elicit Critical Thinking

One strategy to elicit critical thinking is to omit important facts when presenting scenarios to students for classroom discussion.  Often instructors take considerable care in class to articulate each important fact within a particular scenario that students will need to evaluate that scenario in their group discussions. Those instructors will often also take considerable care… Continue Reading “Messy” Questions Often Elicit Critical Thinking

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4 x 4 x 16 = Ice Cream!

We are inviting instructors at NMC to create 4 new pieces of writing for 4 straight weeks. Each piece of writing should be at least 16 sentences in length and should be focused on teaching and learning. “That’s it?” you ask. But wait, there’s more! If we have just 10 instructors participate in the 4… Continue Reading 4 x 4 x 16 = Ice Cream!

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What is Active Learning?

Nothing gets those neurons firing like active learning.   Active Learning Definitions: NMC’s compilation of definitions University of Minnesota’s definition The 21st Century Learning Experiences AQIP team would like to know what you think about active learning at NMC. What do you consider ACTIVE LEARNING? And How should ACTIVE LEARNING be measured in the classroom?… Continue Reading What is Active Learning?