GRDSCH630 Final Reflection

Final Reflection

GRDSCH 630 B
Active Learning for Engineering Education
Spring 2002

Note: This is taken from an exam used by Dr. Jennifer Turns in an engineering design course. It was worth 40% of the final exam grade. This is a way to close the loop for students by creating a space for them to label the things they have learned. It has strong implications for retention and ownership of the information.

Self Evaluation of Learning

The aim of this exam question is to get you to reflect on (and document) your learning in this course. Specifically, the question asks you to identify courses activities that contributed to your learning in specific ways. Each of your responses should clearly indicate:

Choice: The course activity (e.g., the citation for the reading, a short description of the design exercise, etc.) that you have chosen as contributing to your learning in the specific way indicated, and

Explanation: An explanation of your choice (e.g., How does your choice fulfill the criteria? Why did the activity work as it did for you? What features of the choice are relevant? What was the significance of the activity for you personally?).

The Context: GRDSCH 630 B has been designed to introduce education theory and methods to you given the context of your own experience in the classroom. Students who complete this course should expect to have:

As a student in the course, you engaged in a number of course activities chosen to promote your learning in the above areas: These activities included readings (e.g., website pubs, journal articles, etc.), class exercises (e.g., designing course objectives,), class project activities (e.g., do your own project, participate in others projects) and class discussion exercises (e.g., active learning and classroom assessment discussions).

The Prompts: To complete this reflection, please identify a specific course activity that meets each of the criteria below (a total of 10 activity choices). In your responses, document your choice and provide an explanation for your choice (as described above):

  1. The in-class exercise through which you learned the most
  2. The in-class exercise through which you learned the least
  3. The in-class exercise through which you found to be the most rewarding
  4. The out-of-class activity or reading through which you learned the most
  5. The out-of-class activity or reading through which you learned the least
  6. The course activity (generally) that most contributed to your achievement on course goal 1
  7. The course activity (generally) that most contributed to your achievement on course goal 2
  8. The course activity (generally) that most contributed to your achievement on course goal 3
  9. The course activity (generally) that most contributed to your achievement on course goal 4
  10. The course activity (generally) that most contributed to your achievement on course goal 5

Notes: There are no right or wrong responses to this part of the exam. However, there are both well-explained and poorly-explained responses. To achieve full credit, your responses need to be well explained. Also, your complete response to this reflection should be no longer than 2 single spaced pages.

Question: Are you satisfied with your initial definition of active learning? If not, how would you change it? (Feel free to post your response to Epost.)


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