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Although under no obligation to do so, Wignall Media, LLC reserves the right to monitor use of this site to determine compliance with these Terms of Use, as well the right to remove or refuse any information for any reason.  Notwithstanding these rights, you remain solely responsible for the content of your submissions.  You acknowledge and agree that neither Wignall Media, nor any third party that provides Content to Wignall Media will assume or have any liability for any action or inaction by Wignall Media, LLC or such third party with respect to any submission.

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You are prohibited from using any services or facilities provided in connection with this site to compromise security or tamper with system resources and/or accounts. The use or distribution of tools designed for compromising security (e.g., password guessing programs, cracking tools or network probing tools) is strictly prohibited. If you become involved in any violation of system security, Wignall Media, LLC reserves the right to release your details to system administrators at other sites in order to assist them in resolving security incidents.  Wignall Media, LLC reserves the right to investigate suspected violations of these Terms of Use.

Wignall Media, LLC reserves the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing Wignall Media, LLC to disclose the identity of anyone posting any e-mail messages, or publishing or otherwise making available any materials that are believed to violate these Terms of Use.

BY ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS WIGNALL MEDIA, LLC FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY WIGNALL MEDIA, LLC DURING OR AS A RESULT OF ITS INVESTIGATIONS AND/OR FROM ANY ACTIONS TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER WIGNALL MEDIA, LLC OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

Miscellaneous

These Terms of Use will be governed and interpreted pursuant to the laws of Indiana, United States of America, notwithstanding any principles of conflicts of law.  You specifically consent to personal jurisdiction in Indiana in connection with any dispute between you and Wignall Media, LLC arising out of these Terms of Use or pertaining to the subject matter hereof.  The parties to these Terms of Use each agree that the exclusive venue for any dispute between the parties arising out of these Terms of Use or pertaining to the subject matter of these Terms of Use will be in the state and federal courts in Hammond, Indiana.  If any part of these Terms of Use is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement among the parties relating to this subject matter.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, any additional terms and conditions on this site will govern the items to which they pertain.  Wignall Media, LLC may revise these Terms of Use at any time by updating this posting.

Last updated: November 1, 2012

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Evidence-based teaching: Active learning works

In one of the largest metaanalysis of undergraduate STEM education published to date active learning has again been validated.

The evidence for using active, engaging techniques like group projects, using clickers to assess in-class learning, instant feedback/five minute papers, and similar tactics may help students meet learning objectives far better than lectures. Using evidence from 225 studies a research group led by Scott Freeman of the University of Washington found that students in traditional lecture-only courses were one-and-a-half times more likely to fail than were those in classes involving some form of active learning.

The studies used were focused on undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes at American universities.

This is no great shock to most educators, but it again underlines the need to translate research evidence into practice in education. The metaanalysis used studies done in regular classrooms so there is still work to be done in defining how active learning strategies like using instant feedback to gauge student responses, grouping students into content-focused workshops, and calling on individuals randomly translates to online courses.

The study suggests using an active learning approach improved students’ grades by about 6 percent, on average, and could even bump an individual student a full letter grade higher.

The study was published in PNAS.

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