Students as producers, not consumers

Date and time: September 25th 2018, 12:15 – 13:15

Location: ETH Hönggerberg, HIT E 51 (Siemens Auditorium)

Students as producers, not consumers: Engaging students actively in learning

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” This famous quote attributed to Confucius illustrates how different learning strategies lead to different learning outcomes. If students only see or hear facts the retention is rather low, but can be increased when they are engaged in individual or small group activities (e.g. Freeman et al, 2014), e.g. by working on real cases, analyzing and constructing concepts or producing something. In this Refresh Teaching event, we would like to show examples where students have an explicit role as producers.

In the course “Ecosystem management” of Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul, D-USYS students develop their own prototype of role-playing games to tackle a complex issue. Anne Dray will present how they are confronted with different problems and challenges when interacting with various stakeholders.

Students also take an active role in the class “Mastering Digital Business Models” of Prof. Elgar Fleisch, D-MTEC by producing company-analysis videos. Johannes Hübner will present how this approach prepares them for problems and challenges they will be confronted with as academics and practitioners of business management.

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Freeman et al, 2014, Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics, PNAS, 111, 8410–8415, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1319030111

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