I find such articles very interesting, as I have also been in the position of defending lecture in the face of other methods. I love that taking notes can be considered “active learning”! Listening doesn’t have to be passive – we all know the students who are with us when we lecture. I think whichever method one chooses should be appropriate to the instructor. I am good at traditional lecture, and at designing small group activities, and at large group discussion. I am good at selecting readings and videos. I am no good at all at game design, or simulations, or making material “fun”.
I do use a short quiz due before class to make sure they have done the reading/viewing. However, when they actually come to class, it all seems quite new to them, so that may not be working. I honestly think that, although our goal is to have them learn outside of class, their outside class time on task is actually much lower than the hour for hour shown in the studies. Out-of-class work with the material seems to work best if something resulting is due, also outside of class, or is brought into class is a forceful way.
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