(Short) activating assignments

What are (short) activating assignments?

Teachers often provide traditional frontal education in which students listen passively and take notes. However, research shows that active learning leads to better learning outcomes. That does not mean that lectures are a thing of the past. It only needs some adjustments. This requires, among other things, the use of activating teaching methods, often supported by ICT tools.

Educational added value

By using (short) activating assignments, students become more actively involved in lectures. This changes their role from passive listener to active participant. In addition, higher thinking skills, such as analysis and evaluation, can be addressed. This leads to a better transfer of knowledge and skills.

Types of assignments

There are many types of (short) activating learning activities. We therefore give a few examples. If you want to know more about it, contact your Blended Learning consultant.

  • Wordcloud: During a lecture, a wordcloud is made live based on input from students, so that you can quickly see what “the group” thinks about a statement or topic and can respond directly to this.
  • Voting / polls: Students vote on propositions presented by the teacher during the lecture.
  • Test exam: Students take a partial exam and are challenged to discuss the questions and the possible answers.
  • One-minute paper: Students are instructed to write down the essence of the material in one minute during a meeting or based on studied literature and discuss this.
  • Thought-share-exchange: Students think about an assignment and share answers with each other and afterwards in the lecture.

ICT Tools

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