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LC Module: Group Innovators

“Brainstorming can be used as an effective method to activate prior knowledge—what students already know about a topic. “ (Learning Point, 2014)
“Available research evidence also supports the general effectiveness of brainstorming techniques compared with the traditional lecture method. Brainstorming elicits higher levels of reflective thinking and creative problem solving, including synthesis, application and evaluation. There is also evidence that information learned through active discussion is generally retained better than material learned through lecture. Moreover, students often prefer to participate in discussion rather than to be passive learners in a lecture (Kapel 1988).” (Keshwan, 2014).

30 MIN

GC312 – Group Innovators – Problem-Solving Brainstorming Map

GC312-S4 – Problem-Solving Brainstorming Map – In a four-step process, Alexa or Instructor will guide students, individually, with a partner or small group, to create their own problem statement from the lesson scenario by completing the Who, What, Where, When, Why or How components.  Then, Instructor will assist students in generating Problem-Solving Mind Map focused on Causes of the Problem and Possible Solution Options.  In the last option, students will be directed to create a Mind Map focused on the planning components necessary to make the solution happen.

30 MIN

GC311- Group Innovators – Focused Question Brainwriting Process

GC311-S4 – Focused Question Brainwriting – Alexa or Instructor will guide students in small groups to generate and respond to a Focus Question that clearly specifies the problem or issue at hand, within a ten-minute timeframe. The question might be how can we improve, change or eliminate blank.  Then, students will initiate a round by passing their paper to the person on the left to add more solutions within a one-minute time period.  Using inspiration from previous session, the process continues until all small group members have initiated a round.  Next, students will read, star and share the best solutions on his or her paper, as directed.  Last, group consensus will be reached on the best solution.

30 MIN

GC310 – Group Innovators – Challenge Scenario Brainstorming Process Tool

GC310-S4 – Challenge Scenario Brainstorming – A Challenge Scenario Brainstorming session is for generating ideas to solve a problem presented in a scenario. After lesson, Alexa or Instructor will direct students to divide into small groups and draw their group leadership roles. Then, the Facilitator will restate the challenge statement. The Recorder will then post the scenario challenge on the flip chart provided.  Next, each team member will respond to the challenge statement by writing and sharing a proposed solution. The best solution will be determined by group consensus.  Last, as directed, the owner of the winning solution will provide a more in-depth overview of his/her solution. The team will ask more clarifying or probing questions to ensure success.

Achievement Points - The gears located on each module provide some research specifics why the strategy used in each module raises student achievement. You can click on the gear to read and click on the gear again to eliminate the research box retrieved. For more citation reference information, please refer to the Learning Connect Research Resource Guide in the left hand column of this website.