Take a chance; don’t worry about what could go wrong.

So often, we worry about what could go wrong when trying new methods at reaching our students. Problem is, our students have changed. No longer can we stand in front of the classroom and lecture for 50 minutes. No longer can we simply upload a slide deck and expect our students to simply ingest the information. They want to be engaged and part of the learning process.

Is this the future, the new normal, or simply just a migration from what we consider traditional learning? Our students are more connected to information than in any other time in history. Why not let them share their knowledge, access to knowledge, and how they interact with it.

Scary though, being more of a facilitator than lecturer? Where to get started? What happens if I fail? Do I need to learn how to use all the social media tools? What skills do I need?

Why not take a chance with 5 Ways to Embrace the Active Learner, An Instructor’s Field Guide. After all, why worry about what could go wrong, and focus on what could go right.

Bill Harlow is an Instructional Technologist and Blackboard Administrator at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, VA. Along with being a Blackboard Catalyst Award Winner, he is continuing to adapt his classroom instruction to meet the needs of today’s Active Learner. Follow Bill on Twitter @bhgd13.

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