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 give students the opportunity 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.
Video Recordings on Active Learning
Podcasts on Active Learning
Teaching Resources for Active Learning
Readings on Active Learning
Each of these readings provide 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 to the learning science behind active learning with an extensive appendix of 65 active learning strategies to use in the classroom.
Articles From the Web
- Incorprating (Good) Active Learning in the Classroom - The Learning Scientists, By Cindy Wooldridge et al.
- All Learning is an Active Process: Rethinking Active/Passive... - The Scholarly Teacher, By Todd Zakrajsek
- Active Engagement: The New Currency for 21st Century Learners | The Scholarly Teacher, By Marla Thompson
- Did They Get It? 5 Formative Assessment Strategies You Can Do In 5 Minutes... | Flip It!, By Barbi Honeycutt
- 3 Gamification Strategies to Spark Student Attention & Ignite Interest | eLearning Industry, By Travis Thurston
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