Active Learning

Active learning involves activities where students are more involved with their learning rather than passively listening to lectures and taking notes. Class time is planned in segments that allow students to engage in meaningful activities and think about the purpose of those activities. Using active learning strategies in your course can help your students achieve better learning outcomes.

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Meet with a CIDI team member for one-on-one help in preparing to implement active learning strategies into your course.

Podcasts on Active Learning

Teaching Resources for Active Learning

KWL Facilitation Sheet
KWL Blank for Class
CATs Techniques

Readings on Active Learning

Each of these readings provides helpful insights into active learning. IDEA Paper #53 by Barbara Millis offers helpful insights on the literature and theoretical underpinnings surrounding active learning, and several suggestions on how to apply those principles into the classroom. The Freeman study is a comprehensive meta-analysis of 225 STEM studies comparing traditional classrooms and active learning classrooms. Hitting Pause by Gail Rice is offered as an ebook through the USU Library and offers insights into the learning science behind active learning with an extensive appendix of 65 active learning strategies to use in the classroom.

IDEA Paper 53 - Active Learning
Freeman Study
Hitting Pause Ebook by Gail Rice

Articles From the Web