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4.2.1. Gallery Walk A gallery walk is a strategy to activate students into a mode of active engagement (SERC, 2023). The advantage of the method is its flexibility and the variety of benefits for students and lecturers. Gallery walk can be used to intensify discussion, creative thinking, collaborative learning, and team building (Taylor, 2001). Sometimes, gallery walks are also used for knowledge creation or information sharing. A gallery walk can be conducted with computers, with paper on tables, or with flip charts on the wall. The walk can last from fifteen minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the group of students in the class and how stations are planned. Gallery walk for knowledge creation When a gallery walk strategy is planned for knowledge creation, questions or topics are posted on different "stations" for instance at different walls around the learning space (Figure 4.1). It is important to organise sufficient space for groups to effectively discuss as a group. A group of students will start the walk at each station and comment on what they know about the topic. The key discussion points are summarized on a whiteboard or on a flip chart. After 6-10 minutes, depending on how complex the topic is, the student group will then move on the next station. At each station the student group will review how previous teams have responded to the question or topic and new content will be added. When asked to switch stations, groups rotate clockwise to progress to the next station (Teachertoolkit, 2023). This rotation process usually continues until all groups have visited each station. When the group returns to the station at which they started, the group summarizes the comments made on their topic and presents them to the class. This stage of the gallery walk aims to activate the whole class into a collaborative discussion. Figure 4.1: Gallery walk Source: Mud and Ink teaching, 2023 42