Snow Days and Deep Learning

by: Ed Brantmeier

Does another snow day have you troubled? How can you meet your learning objectives in your course with less face to face time? Here are a few ideas that might promote deep learning, despite the snowy reality of class cancellation:

  • Ask students to develop a creative project that exemplifies the learning goals of a particular class       topic/meeting.
  • Engage students in online discussions, prompted by beautiful questions.
  • Send them on a web quest. Develop a few problems, (related to course learning goals). Require them to use the Internet to find pertinent solutions.
  • Assign reflective writing assignments and encourage the drinking of hot cocoa when completing.
  • YouTube video watching. Ask them to find and share videos with other students that demonstrate course concepts, content, learning objectives.
  • Tape and then broadcast yourself doing an e-lecture. Ask students to engage in discussion, reflective writing, or other forms of meaning-making afterward.
  • Build asynchronous modules in CANVAS.
  • Encourage your student to catch up on and do current readings. Develop reading quizzes to ensure content absorption as a make up for missed class.
  • Ask them to rent a movie that just didn’t quite make the “normal” class because of content overload and lack of time.

Learning outside the classroom can be engaging and fun. Be creative, and enjoy the snow.

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