I attended UD’s First Friday Roundtable on Teaching on 10/5 (and had a blast, I might add!) about active learning techniques and my interest was piqued with the idea of “Bookending the Lecture.” Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to attend the mini-session to get the gist of what “Bookending” was all about.
For my blog post for #udsnf12 I will tell you about my online learning path to investigate this topic.
“Bookending the Lecture” where to start?
Initial Searches for 10-15 Minute Response Time
I came to absolute dead-ends at Class Central and Makerspace. However, when I looked at HowCast my return search topic was “How to Cast a Spell.” I thought this was interesting, but not quite on topic.
I finally went to google and found 23 results for “bookending the lecture.” The content returned was scholarly so I was able to build a foundation of how this engagement concept fits in with other strategies.
From here I decided to try YouTube with Zero results!
Searches for 1 Week Response Time
I then decided to go directly to the source and ask Kathy Pusecker, the director of the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning.
As I was waiting for Kathy’s email response, I went to the ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) web site. Again, searching specifically on “bookending the lecture” resulted in zero results. But then a little chat window popped up and asked if I wanted to chat! Well…yes, I did as a matter of fact. And, again, no resources for this very specific concept.
Now I am starting to feel like I am looking for the elusive Sasquatch.
I received an email back from Kathy and she pointed me to the Google docs they created for the event. At last, I can see the resources the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning used for this very specific topic. Now I have some resources to enable additional searching ideas.
I also went out on a limb and started a LinkedIn discussion with my ASTD group and asked the following question:
Have you used an active learning technique called “bookending the lecture?” If so, what activities did you incorporate?
And as of today, 10/15, five days later, I do not have any replies.
My takeaway from this exercise is that it is important to ask your community for help, even if you do not get a response. The point is to ask.