Active Learning, Active Training

School – Smart Mob Style

This isn’t a “training” example really; it’s a teaching example instead (teaching/training – boundaries between the two blur). Many of you may be familiar with Kansas State University Professor Michael Wesch because of the innovative videos he and his students have created. I read his blog regularly and am often inspired by his unique approach.

The latest post, “How to get students to find and read 94 articles before the next class,” is a great example of active learning. Rather than handing students a syllabus with a list of articles they should read, students were asked to find, read and summarize articles for the class. ZohoCreator helped pull it all together in an online database that was easily accessible for the class members. The topic was online anonymity and you can see the product of the student work here.

2 thoughts on “School – Smart Mob Style”

  1. I would love to try this with a group of librarians – to organize into a Smart Mob to research a topic, and then discuss not just the topic but the different processes of research.

  2. Do it! Do it! I’ll participate. You should figure out a way to make it a school assignment so you can kill two birds with one stone. Not that you would kill a bird – just an expression 😉

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