Education

A PORTAAL to active learning

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Science  26 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6242, pp. 1441
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6242.1441-g

The shift from traditional lectures to active learning continues in science education. Eddy et al. report on the Practical Observation Rubric To Assess Active Learning (PORTAAL), a new assessment tool designed to help teachers implement active learning activities. A thorough review of the discipline-based education research literature led to the identification of 21 readily implemented elements shown to increase relevant learning goals with undergraduate students, which are now easily evaluated using PORTAAL. After only 5 hours of training, teachers can use PORTALL to measure how their teaching practices and classrooms align with research-supported best practices for active learning. Additionally, PORTAAL provides feedback and guidance to instructors, allowing them to improve their pedagogy.

CBE Life Sci. Educ. 14, ar23; 10.1187/cbe.14-06-0095 (2015).

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