4.7.1 Group Work Session I
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The goal of the first session is to meet your group mates, pick the topics for your teachable tidbits, and begin to backward design your tidbit, i.e., write learning goals and outcomes, identify summative assessments that will provide data about student learning and finally develop the learning activities that will help students achieve the desired outcomes.
Teachable tidbits During the institute, each group will develop teachable tidbits that address topics/concepts within the group’s topic area. Teachable tidbits are instructional materials designed to engage students in learning. Generally, they consist of a single activity that can be integrated into a larger context, such as a course or lecture.
- Group Dynamics. Identify and discuss your own constructive and destructive group behaviors and the stages of group development.
- Identify topic area for teachable tidbit. You want this to be narrow enough to address within the timeframe allotted. For example, if your topic is evolution, will you focus on some aspect of the concept natural selection, like the role of mutation in genetic variation, or another concept altogether?
- Identify learning goals/intended outcomes for the teachable tidbit. Start by stating broad learning goals such as “Students will understand equilibrium” and then move on to more specific learning outcomes for each goal. If you stopped at this point, you might leave students wondering, “What do you mean by understand?” Think about how you will you assess student understanding. When stating learning outcomes, use active verbs that suggest suitable assessments. For example, “Students will be able to predict how relative changes in concentrations of reactants or products will affect forward or reverse reaction rates” is a specific and assessable learning outcome that would indicate whether or not a student actually understood the concept of equilibrium.
Upload your materials
Upload teachable tidbit and related/supporting materials to the Google drive folder for the workshop.