TACTivities: A way to promote hands-on, minds-on learning in a virtual learning environment

Angie Hodge-Zickerman, Eric Stade, Cindy S. York

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The need to keep students engaged is particularly acute in virtual environments. In this chapter, the authors describe TACTivities (learning activities with tactile components), designed to help encourage student participation, collaboration, and communication. Originally developed for in-person instruction, TACTivities are readily adaptable to online learning environments. TACTivities are intended to foster a sense of play, creative problem-solving, and exploration among the students who undertake to complete these tasks, and also among the teachers who design them. Unlike other tactile learning ventures, which may involve various kinds of physical props, TACTivities entail only moveable pieces of paper, or electronic equivalents. This feature means that TACTivities are quite portable, and they are easily implemented, shared, and modified (particularly in remote settings). Further, TACTivities allow for inclusion of discipline-specific content, language, and formalism, while still cultivating physical engagement in problem-solving and critical thinking in any subject area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Transforming Teachers' Online Pedagogical Reasoning for Engaging K-12 Students in Virtual Learning
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781799872245
ISBN (Print)9781799872221
StatePublished - Jun 25 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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