There is considerable research examining listening, as it is an important skill. While listening skills are important, very little instructional time is devoted to developing those skills (Hopper, 2007). After completion of this activity, students are able to describe their own listening process and assess listening techniques. This activity works well to introduce the concept of listening and various components within the listening process. Students do not typically think of listening as a skill that they can improve. When we discuss the listening process, we can recall this activity to illustrate the connection between sensing and processing.
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Leahy, R., & Tollefson, M. (2021). An active learning approach to listening: The coin drop activity. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 44, 136-142.