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Ideas for Interactive Activities

Recently, I attended a webinar led by the “train the trainer” company Bob Pike. The topic of the webinar was “Dealing with Difficult Participants,” but also included some information about training in general. Over the next few blog posts I’ll report on interesting ideas discussed in the webinar.

The webinar leader listed a number of interactive activities to help keep students engaged and encourage participation.  A few that caught my attention were:

  1. Fill in the blanks:  provide a handout with course notes, but leave some important words blank.  The students fill those in during the presentation.  Students don’t have to try to scribble notes of every word you are saying, but filling in the blanks will help them retain what they learn because they are writing something down.
  2. “Teach backs”:  students teach what they have just learned to another student.
  3. Top 10 Lists
  4. Card sorting
  5. “Gallery walks”:   students review posters on a wall; see this page from Central Michigan University for a description.