Tag Archives: Classroom Assessment

Exploring the Relationship between Active Learning and Skills and Attributes That Enhance Learning among College Students

By Dr. Caroline Chemosit, ISU Alumna, Educational Administration & Foundations, and Adjunct Instructor of Research Methods and Senior Research Project, Lincoln College-Normal

Originally published in Progressive Measures, Fall 2012, Volume 8, Issue 1. 

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) College Learning for the New Global Century report outlined essential aims, learning outcomes, and guiding principles for 21st century college education.  Student success in college, as noted in the report, cannot be measured only in terms of enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment but also whether students are receiving “the kind of learning they need for a complex and volatile world” (AAC&U, 2007, p. 1).  To prepare students for the 21st century challenges, it is important to expose them to: knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world; intellectual and practical skills; personal and social responsibility, and integrative learning. Continue reading

Students’ Perceptions of Using 3D Computer Technology for Enhancing Learning

by Jamie Perry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Communications & Sciences Disorders and Danielle Cunningham, Communications Sciences and Disorders

Originally published in Progressive Measures, Spring 2010, volume 5, Issue 2

It is hard to imagine that computers became a consumer product only 35 years ago and become readily available and affordable for home offices in the early ’80s. Today, we see computers immersed within every part of life. Computer technology is being routinely used in the college classroom through podcasting, classroom management systems, and online courses. Some professors are also using virtual environments and virtual reality to engage students within the classroom. Three-dimensional (3D) environments and learning provide students with the spatial-depth cues which share some similarities to that of hands-on learning. In the area of science, this is advantageous because it allows for exploration in 3D (e.g., internal anatomy, molecular biology, neuroanatomy) that might otherwise only be viewed through two-dimensional (2D) images or drawings.
Undoubtedly, traditional learning through lectures, human atlases, and 2D images has a valuable place in the educational setting. Continue reading