Be part of the excitement of this professional development festival for learner-centered educators!
Innovative educators are invited to submit a proposal to present a breakout session at the 6th Annual Active Learning Leaders Teaching Conference on Saturday January 19th, 2019.
This year the conference will be held at the new Palomar College Rancho Bernardo Center, which is an active learning center! All of the classrooms have active learning furniture.
This year all workshops will be 50 minutes in length and there will be 4 sessions, two before lunch and two after lunch.
Breakout session presenters are expected to NEVER read papers or present an entire lecture; rather, the breakout sessions are intended to facilitate an active learning strategy used in class by engaging the participants as if they were students.
Breakout session presenters will be awarded complimentary registration to the conference as a thank-you for presenting!
An example of a well-designed active learning breakout session is shown below the form.
- October 20th-December 1st: Accepting Proposals
- December 1st: Final day for submitting Breakout Session Proposals
- December 8th: Notification of Proposal acceptance/non-acceptance (NOTE: Presenters are given complimentary registration to the conference)
- December 15th: Conference Program posted
- December 15th: Presenters must register by December 15th
- January 19th: Date of the conference
All breakout session rooms will have movable student desks, an instructor podium, an instructor computer with Internet access and audio, a data projector and screen, a whiteboard with markers, a flip chart & markers, and wireless Internet. PowerPoint presentations will require the presenter to bring their presentation either on a USB thumb drive or a laptop computer with all connecting cables. If you need specialized audio, you must bring your own audio device to your breakout session. We cannot guarantee that each room will have a Document Camera.
Here is an example of a well-designed active learning breakout session (used with permission by Al Trujillo from his “Introduction to On Course” breakout session):
Breakout Session Design: Introduction: What activity or activities will you use to engage your attendees when they enter your breakout session?
I plan to do an opening activity where the participants come up with a quick list of the qualities/characteristics of successful students. Then they do hand-up, stand-up activity to share their ideas. Then we do a shout-out and I put several of the qualities on the board. As we watch Skip Downing discuss the 8 qualities of successful students, I circle the qualities/characteristics from the group that match Skip’s 8 qualities of successful students.
Breakout Session Design: Active Learning Segment: What active learning strategy or strategies will you employ in your breakout session? This should be the majority of the breakout session where your attendees are actively participating. Note that this cannot be a lecture; rather, treat your attendees as your students in an active learning classroom.
The entire session involves a variety of active learning techniques (60-minute session):
- Introduction (5 minutes)
- Quicklist of qualities/characteristics of successful students (2 minutes)
- Hand-up, Stand-up activity (5 minutes)
- Shout-out activity (3 minutes)
- Skip’s video/8 qualities of successful students (10 minutes)
- How On Course is different (5 minutes)
- On Course success and retention data (5 minutes)
- On Course Web resources (10 minutes)
- Wrap-up, applications of using the techniques shown here in other disciplines, and evaluation (10 minutes)
Breakout Session Design: Conclusion (Application): How will you conclude your breakout session to focus on helping your attendees apply this technique in their own classrooms?
As a wrap-up and debrief session, I plan to do a group discussion about how the participants can use, modify, and/or adapt the techniques demonstrated in the session in other disciplines. I also plan to share some ideas about how I’ve used these techniques in my own classes.