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Teaching in a physically-distanced learning space

As part of the Smart Restart plan, academic instruction on campus will take place with a mix of both in-person and remote courses this fall. To minimize the risk to faculty, staff, and students, the university will rely on physical distancing in campus classrooms. For students taking in-person classes, learning spaces will be redesigned to ensure safe distancing between students. These changes present a challenge to traditional active learning approaches used on campus. These resources present guidance on ways of adjusting the facilitation of activities given the changes in space and student interaction guidelines. These resources are organized around four types of learning activities that support:


Critical ThinkingDiscussionsPrior KnowledgeProblem Solving
Analytic MemoBuzz GroupBackground Knowledge ProbeAnalytic Team
Categorizing GridRound RobinEmpty OutlinesCase Studies
Content, Form, & FunctionTalking ChipsFocused ListingGroup Investigations
Defining FeaturesThink/Pair/ShareMemory MatrixSend-A-Problem
Pro and Con GridThree-Step InterviewMinute Paper | Muddiest PointStructured Problem-Solving
Student-Defined QuestionsFishbowl Discussion
Think-Aloud Pair Problem-Solving

Small-Group Discussions

Sources/Citations

These activities are taken from the books Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook For College Teachers by Thomas Angelo and K. Patricia Cross, and Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook For College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley, Claire Howell Major, and K. Patricia Cross — presents activities you can use to address specific learning outcomes. Each approach includes a basic description and overview of its outcomes, along with steps to guide its use in your course. Each technique in this resource was selected based on three criteria: ease of design, ease of implementation, and time needed to respond to activity.

  • Angelo, Thomas A., and K. Patricia Cross. Classroom Assessment Techniques: a Handbook for College Teachers. Jossey-Bass, 1993. pp. 159-180.
  • Barkley, Elizabeth F. et al. Collaborative Learning Techniques A Handbook For College Faculty. Wiley, 2014. pp. 152.


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1 Fishbowl Discussion
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2 Small-Group Discussions
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3 Think/Pair/Share
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4 Using the PGA31 Headset Microphone with an AV presentation system
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5 Using the Bietrun Wireless Headset Microphone (or alternative brand) with the ION Arena Portable Speaker
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6 Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Breakout Rooms in Physically-Distanced Learning Spaces
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7 Talking Chips
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8 Three-Step Interview
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9 Analytic Teams
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10 Structured Problem-Solving
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11 Think-Aloud Pair Problem-Solving
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12 Send-a-Problem
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13 Group Investigations
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14 Case Studies
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15 Analytic Memo
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16 Minute Paper / Muddiest Point
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17 Buzz Groups
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18 Using the Giecy portable voice amplifier
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19 Walkthrough for Physically-Distanced Learning Spaces
1051452020-08-20129
20 Empty Outlines
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