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Collaborative Jamboard Activity

Collaborative Jamboard Activity
California State University, San Marcos
Kim McCarthy, an Instructor from CSU San Marcos, uses Google Jamboard for class collaboration. Students respond to the question prompt posted on the Jamboard. They then interact with each other by posting a picture, drawing, text, or a "stickie note" in response to the prompt.

Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice

Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice
California State University, Fresno
Ryan Ditchfield, an Instructor at Fresno State, creatively organizes group discussions providing students an opportunity to self-assign themselves to a group discussion topic that interest them in his "Eyewitness Identification-FTB 159T" class. In the group discussions they have the choice to pick a role - Researcher, Eyewitness, Defense Attorney, Police Officer, Suspect, and Timekeeper and throughout the semester the students will also be changing to a different group and also change their role. This example represents student choice and group roles in discussions.

Group Annotation Discussion Using Perusall

Group Annotation Discussion Using Perusall
California State University, Bakersfield
Natalie Thompson, an Instructor from CSU Bakersfield, shares a peer to peer annotation activity using the tool Perusall where students read and annotate a scholarly article. Detailed instructions are provided for the students about the discussion requirements.

Small Group Discussion for Synchronous Webconference Class Session

Small Group Discussion for Synchronous Webconference Class Session
California State University, San Bernardino
Cheryl Brandt, an Instructor at CSU San Bernardino, uses a problem-based seminar discussion prompt during synchronous sessions in Zoom to increase peer-to-peer interaction. During the sessions, each small group captures their plan for sharing with the entire class using Jamboard.

Exploring Human Energy Systems and Human Activities

Exploring Human Energy Systems and Human Activities
California State University, Fresno
Michael Cole, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed a Canvas discussion board activity that provides an opportunity for students to engage in an undergraduate Exercise Physiology class learning module that is focused on understanding and applying concepts and ideas related to human energy systems. In this activity, students access highlights of events from the most recent Olympic games and discuss the use of the human energy systems in the context of the characteristics of these events (duration, intensity, etc.).

Jamboard for Facilitating a Complex Chemistry Article

Jamboard for Facilitating a Complex Chemistry Article
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Instructor Chantel Stieber from Cal Poly Pomona, uses a Google Jamboard for students to contribute using text, drawings, or images their understanding of a complex scientific article.

Wellness Check Discussion

Wellness Check Discussion
California State University, Fresno
Kathaleen Valdez, an Instructor from Fresno State, uses a brief weekly discussion to help facilitate a line of communication between the student and the instructor by providing a way for students to check-in. The discussion encourages them to let the instructor know how they are doing in regards to the class or just life. It helps them know that there is someone else out there that has their back and is concerned about how they are doing and lets the instructor know if there is a need to contact the student for additional assistance. In addition, the discussion can be used as a way to monitor student participation.

Peer Part Planning

Peer Part Planning
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Patrick Mannion, an Instructor at Cal Poly Pomona, teaches students how to best use 3D CAD modeling software in their course. Each assignment requires a large amount of planning and forethought before starting to make a model. To help address this issue, the Peer Part Planning assignment breaks students into small groups and has them come up with a basic plan/outline for how they can approach the creation of the model.

Peer-to-Peer Engagement using Twitter

Peer-to-Peer Engagement using Twitter
California State University, San Bernardino
Elisabeth Anderson, an Instructor from CSU San Bernardino, created an activity designed to promote active learning and peer-to-peer engagement. Students are asked to read up on genetic testing from a website provided to them. Then they engage in a Twitter discussion about the pros and cons of the technology.

Learning Profile Interactive Assignment

Learning Profile Interactive Assignment
California State University, Fullerton
Bridget Druken, an Instructor from CSU Fullerton, shares an activity where students create a learning profile about themselves and are provided a list of available tools. The students than share their learning profiles in a forum discussion.

Introductions: "Self Presentation" Meet and Greet using VoiceThread

Introductions: "Self Presentation" Meet and Greet using VoiceThread
California State University, Los Angeles
Gabriela Ford, an Instructor at CSU Los Angeles, created an activity where students introduce themselves in a meaningful way by engaging in a virtual Meet and Greet the first week of the semester. Using VoiceThread students record an introduction with the goal of humanizing and providing a safe and supportive environment from the beginning in order to foster an active learning community.

EdPuzzle Copy of Your Brain On Adderall - The Study Drug

EdPuzzle Copy of Your Brain On Adderall - The Study Drug
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Edward Boyle from Fresno State, uses EdPuzzle to promote discussion and student engagement using open-ended questions.

Microbiome and Antibiotics Discussion

Microbiome and Antibiotics Discussion
California State University, Fresno
Stephanie Coffman, an Instructor at Fresno State, utilizes the Discussion Board in Canvas to have students collaborate on study guide questions for the week. Each student is assigned a question and is asked to create a short presentation answering their question. Students then review their classmate's presentations and take notes on the study guide.

Assignment using Perusall

Assignment using Perusall
California State University, Fresno
Donald Henriques, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses the social annotation tool Perusall to encourage interactive reading.

Perusall Activity

Perusall Activity
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Terri Fleming-Dright, an Instructor from CSU Dominguez Hills, used the software Perusall to discuss a class reading. The opportunity to create starter posts and ask students questions that they can then respond to and each other is an excellent way of fostering active learning.