June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
NSF Grantees Poster Session
24.49.1 - 24.49.14
LEARNING TO SOLVE ILL-STRUCTURED PROBLEMS IN A FLAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENTOur approach is to capitalize on the research findings on linkages between higher-orderthinking and peer learning to create and evaluate a flat learning environment, entitledTeaching to Learn (TeatoL). Within TeatoL students are introduced to a “flatter”instructional environment; all participants have dual roles as students and instructors whoare embedded in a collaborative environment where all learn collectively from eachother’s experiences, even the instructor.TeatoL blends mobile smart devices and traditional approaches to enhance criticalthinking and competencies essential for students to solve ill-structured problems. Themain objective is to understand, develop, implement and evaluate a flat learningenvironment utilizing mobile technologies and devices. The focus is on peer learningmode, where students are instructors to share their experience and then learn from fellowstudent instructors. In this paper, we present our initial results and findings fromimplementation in three institutions: University of Oklahoma, Tuskegee University, andPenn State. We close the paper with observations from our initial implementations acrossthree data collection sites.
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