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Meaningful Learning Experiences

"Do you ever wonder whether your students care about your course material? Do you question whether your students appreciate how the information you address in class is relevant to them? Do you feel like there is often a mismatch between your intentions for your class and what your students actually want to learn?"

Steven A. Meyers, Ph.D., Three Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences, Faculty Focus, Magna

Backwards design diagram

Once learning goals and objectives are clearly defined and acceptable evidence of learning is determined, it's time to focus on building meaningful learning activities and experiences. 

Types of Instructional Methods

The course goals and desired results and how they will be measured inform the type of instructional activities that best help students achieve the learning. Explore Instructional Methods to see how to make the most of the feedback, discussion, lecture, and active learning strategies.

Harvest Instructional Ideas from the Pedagogy Wheel

Allan Carrington’s Pedagogy Wheel is a visual tool that aligns the learning outcomes with the instructional activities and tools. Use this to explore ideas for instructional strategies.

Wentworth Padagogy Wheel Image Version

Wentworth Padagogy Wheel Text Version

Harvest Instructional Ideas from the Pedagogy Wheel

Resources for Engaging Students with Meaningful Activities

Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) aims to benefit all learners in a diverse classroom (including but not limited to learners with disabilities, multiple learning styles, cultural differences, language diversity and life experiences) through a variety of instructional, assessment and engagement techniques. Engaging learners through choice, multiple ways to access content, and multiple ways to demonstrate learning is a powerful motivator!

Gary Simundza Experiential Demonstration of Calculus Concepts

Professor Gary Simundza demonstrates Calculus I applications to multi-disciplinary engineering students. Explore student reactions and impact on learning using the Rule of 5 in Math Education and get advice on incorporating experiential demonstrations in your courses.

Gary Simundza Experiential Demonstration of Calculus Concepts