I use the Dyadic Alternative in two sophomore-level courses that I teach at the Ranger School: “Forest Mensuration and Statistics” and “Tree Structure and Growth.” The Dyadic Alternative is an innovative teaching/learning method that involves students working together in cooperative pairs. It was suggested by Licht (1993) and is based on the idea that “two heads are better than one.” In essence, the Dyadic Alternative is a non-traditional, “upside-down”, teaching/ learning model, since formative quizzes on a chapter or unit precede the lecture and/or discussion of that unit. Moreover, students have the opportunity to collaborate on quizzes when using this method. The Dyadic Alternative forces students to take more responsibility for their own learning and encourages cooperation and active learning.
Savage, James M.
"Use of the Dyadic Alternative to make learning more active, collaborative, and fun,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 7, Article 70.
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