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What’s Missing?

What’s missing? is an active learning exercise where students are shown a list, diagram or picture related to course content with a piece of information purposely omitted. Students then respond by stating what they believe is missing. Instructors may consider listing steps to solve a problem, a list of characters in a story or list of sections in a research paper.

What’s missing? refers to an active learning approach that allows students to reflect on their previous knowledge and understanding of course content. Instructors provide text or imagery that is part of a larger problem or case study and students respond with what’s absent.

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