Ideas Gallery for Diverse In-Class Activities

  • Pairs

    • Research a particular topic of interest to present to the class
    • Work on a critical thinking exercise
    • Review homework
    • Think, pair, share
    • Assign debatable topic, one person speaks for/the other against
    • Student with correct answer goes and explains to another student who needs help
    • Google key terms, figure, concept, etc. to begin discussion
    • Role play
    • Workshop activity where they give each other feedback on sections of an assignment

    Small Group (4-6)

    • Critical dialog in action
    • Give students a topic, have them discuss, present key points to class.
    • Field note observations on a particular campus event. Report findings to class.
    • Jigsaw reading, analysis, discuss/present
    • Peer review lab reports—paper conversion
    • Role play groups to share competing ideas.
    • Assign a topic to each student beforehand and make them present in the class the next day.
    • Students read an article in prep for the class, then during class given case studies and have to explain actions they would take-they have to come to a consensus

    Large Classroom

    • Test reviewer - group students in small group 4-6. Each group has a theme name and competes to answer review questions. Give a prize at the end.
    • Extra credit points offered for correct answers to first 10 students
    • Form student groups (4-5 in each group) assign them a mini-project. Offer prizes for the best mini project.
    • After a point is explained in lecture, students fill out a worksheet and turn it in for participation points.
    • Divide class in half, create a quiz in which they are placed in teams, the team who answers questions correctly wins.
    • Students write discussion questions about the readings and submit them before class.  Faculty member aggregates questions and shares with students.  Students access the group’s questions for class discussion.
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    • Debate/news conference about a topic.
    • Plickers – clickers used at the end of the session


    • Class built and shared wiki.
    • Each member of class creates an online “poster” of a food science principle and then another member comments on it (the discussion on D2L).
    • Peer review and smaller group in depth discussion of research papers and other assignments. While students read work off all- they are in depth respondents for small group together- 4 students/group.
    • Use Qualtrics to collect data for in class exercise.
    • Shared readings through Google docs to allow real time editing.
    • Have students use Qualtrics to create surveys to send out to the class on a particular topic of interest. Report results to class. Provide a reflection note on the project via D2L.