Educational research consistently supports the instructional importance of active learning: course-related activities requiring students to do something with the content. Researches have found that the regular application of new knowledge to novel situations facilitates the learning process. (Click the Explore button to learn more about active learning.)
Active learning techniques can be quite simple; asking questions is a form of active learning, for instance. Other activities can be quite complex. The types of active learning strategies you choose to integrate into your classroom depend on two things: 1) the content being taught, and 2) your personality as an instructor.
It is important to choose active learning strategies that support your instructional goals; these activities should be interwoven into the classroom experience in a meaningful way. It is equally important to choose activities that you feel comfortable administering.
Try it yourself
This site will help you identify different active learning strategies that can be integrated into your classroom sessions. Strategies are grouped by difficulty of implementation. Supplemental materials, such as videos demonstrating techniques, provide insight into how professors within our department have incorporated select approaches into their collection of teaching tools.
Each activity includes a comment section to let you share insights about which activities worked, which ones did not, or how you modified a strategy for your particular needs. You can also share the activities that you have found to be effective in your classroom.
This site is a dynamic repository of YOUR great ideas. We hope you will review it frequently and contribute to it regularly. Happy teaching!