Active Learning

Active learning has been a popular topic in the world of college teaching. Bonwell and Eison (1991) define active learning as “anything that involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.” Countless research studies have confirmed that engaging students and getting them involved in the learning process is crucial in order for deep learning to occur. Below are a few resources to help you incorporate active learning techniques in your classroom.

Active Learning Workshop Handout
This handout contains research and information about various active learning strategies. This handout is from the “Incorporating Active Learning Strategies” workshop presented on January 21, 2012 as part of the Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Series.

Common Active Learning Strategies
The University of Michigan’s Center for Teaching and Learning provides an excellent overview of some common active learning strategies.

Active Lecturing Ideas
The lecture is NOT the enemy of active learning! The University of Michigan’s Center for Teaching and Learning provides several ways to make a lecture more active.

Active Learning Strategies to Promote Discussion
The University of California Berkeley’s Teaching Guide for Graduate Student Instructors provides a few active learning strategies that are great for stimulating discussion.

MERLOT Pedagogy Portal
The MERLOT Pedagogy Portal provides links and resources on a variety of teaching topics, including active learning.