The Active Learning Platform (ALP) can help you create an active learning experience in the classroom for your students. ALP has several features that you can use to encourage student participation and real-time feedback to help facilitate an Active Class.
What is an active class?
Lectures are traditionally a passive experience for students because they are teacher-focused (i.e. students watching a lecturer speak to a series of slides). An Active Class, on the other hand, is learner focused. It involves students participating in discussion, activities, games, group work or problem solving in the classroom.
How do I start using ALP?
- Add a link from your unit in LEO to the Active Learning Platform.
- Make a Class for each of the lectures or tutorials that you wish to run.
- Create a Presentation for each Class to use as your teaching materials.
- Learn how to use the ALP functions during your active classes.
You may also wish to learn more about active learning teaching strategies by following some of the links provided in the section below.
How can ALP help me run an active class?
ALP has a range of functions that you as an instructor can use in the classroom to assist in running class activities. An active class will most likely will involve activities and discussion outside of the functions provided, however ALP can be used to:
- Add questions and/or polls to your lecture materials, and display answers or results in real-time.
- Field questions from your students for discussion, anonymously if you wish.
- Allow students to flag content that they find confusing or requiring further explanation.
- Enable students to take their own notes on content, which are saved in the Presentation.
Your Presentations can be accessed by students during class, through a lab computer, a personal laptop, or even via a smartphone. Most interactions are saved with the Presentation for review and analysis later. Presentations can be included as part of automatically scheduled lectures, or classes that you create yourself in ALP.
What other functions does ALP provide?
- Classroom recording
You can record (capture) your class (where facilities are available) using the Lecture Capture system and make the recording available to the class for later review by you and your students.
- Data analytics
You can review data on your classes to see what students viewed, made notes on, or flagged as confusing.
- Cloud storage
Your lecture materials, interactions, and recordings are all conveniently saved in the ALP system online.