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The LARA method for tense talks

November 3, 2020 Mira Vogel 0

What is it? As outlined in ‘Creating safe spaces and brave spaces‘, university learning often involves encounters between students with different social viewpoints. If these discussions are overwhelmed with emotion, students will find it hard […]

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Discussion forums

April 2, 2020 Mira Vogel 0

What is it? Forums allow students and staff to have a group conversation, with each participant posting their contributions at times convenient for them. Most posts are text-based, but often support images, links and even […]

"The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C." at Queens College, CUNY in Fall 2012

Role-play

August 20, 2019 Mira Vogel 0

What is it? Role-play is experiential learning based on perspective-taking within a scenario. Participants inform themselves about the viewpoint of an interest group or character and then perform that role according to a set of […]

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Problem-based learning

August 9, 2019 Mira Vogel 0

What is it? Tutorial groups of eight to twelve students address realistic, ill-structured scenarios in complex, interdisciplinary domains, through a defined sequence of steps facilitated by a tutor. PBL is a curriculum approach – a […]

Brainstorming

August 5, 2019 Mary Seabrook 0

What is it? Brainstorming is a method used to generate multiple answers or ideas.  It encourages creativity and divergent thinking which can be used to solve problems or answer questions.  It was popularised by Alex […]

Concentric circles discussion

Concentric circles

May 5, 2019 Mira Vogel 0

What is it? A discussion prompt is given. Equal numbers of students in two concentric circles rotate every two minutes so they have the chance to meet and talk with everyone in the circle. Why […]

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Concept maps

May 4, 2019 Mira Vogel 0

Students visually represent a concept in terms of its attributes and their connections, using pen and paper, software, or (in groups) post-its and string. Concept maps have similarities with some of the physical structures that […]

Think-Pair-Share

May 1, 2019 Mira Vogel 0

What is it? Think-Pair-Share is a cooperative learning approach where the whole group is given a single question or prompt to discuss. Students consider the question individually for a few minutes before forming pairs to […]