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Active Learning and Globalization: Creating a Class and Assessing Student Learning
Unformatted Document Text:  Bromley Active Learning and Globalization To understand more about the impact of active learning in higher education, I created and assessed a class on globalization that incorporated six different active learning techniques: enhanced lecture, large group discussion, small group work, simulations, case studies, and in-class writing. Active learning “involves providing opportunities for students to meaningfully talk and listen, write, read, and reflect on the content, ideas, issues, and concerns of an academic subject.” 1 “Any activity that substantially involves students with the course content through talking and listening, writing, reading, and reflecting counts as active learning.” 2 This class was one option for students in a required course in the writing program of a small liberal arts college. It therefore brought an inherently international topic into a course generally taught through the analysis of literature, film or other media in an American context. By incorporating a variety of active learning techniques, the course was able to appeal to and actively engage students with a range of learning preferences, and bring international issues into the general education curriculum. Description of the Course This class was a writing-intensive seminar for first-year students at a small, private, women’s liberal arts college. I focused this course on the theme of globalization. We began by working to define the concept of globalization, and understanding how it related to economic, politics, culture, environment, and ideology. We then applied our understanding of the multi-faceted concept of globalization to three specific examples: McDonalds. movies, and climate change. While each case had elements of all aspects of globalization, each case underscored 1 , p. 6. 2 p. 13. 2

Authors: Bromley, Pamela.
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Bromley
Active Learning and Globalization
To understand more about the impact of active learning in higher education,
I created and assessed a class on globalization that incorporated six different active
learning techniques: enhanced lecture, large group discussion, small group work,
simulations, case studies, and in-class writing. Active learning “involves providing
opportunities for students to meaningfully talk and listen, write, read, and reflect on
the content, ideas, issues, and concerns of an academic subject.
“Any activity that
substantially involves students with the course content through talking and
listening, writing, reading, and reflecting counts as active learning.
This class was
one option for students in a required course in the writing program of a small liberal
arts college. It therefore brought an inherently international topic into a course
generally taught through the analysis of literature, film or other media in an
American context. By incorporating a variety of active learning techniques, the
course was able to appeal to and actively engage students with a range of learning
preferences, and bring international issues into the general education curriculum.
Description of the Course
This class was a writing-intensive seminar for first-year students at a small,
private, women’s liberal arts college. I focused this course on the theme of
globalization. We began by working to define the concept of globalization, and
understanding how it related to economic, politics, culture, environment, and
ideology. We then applied our understanding of the multi-faceted concept of
globalization to three specific examples: McDonalds. movies, and climate change.
While each case had elements of all aspects of globalization, each case underscored
1
, p. 6.
2
p. 13.
2


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