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Teaching & Learning: Active Learning

The Teaching & Learning Guide provides information to help you with your needs as an instructor including class materials, statistics and assessment information, important reminders, and readings and resources.

What is Active Learning?

"Active learning requires students to participate in class, as opposed to sitting and listening quietly. Strategies include, but are not limited to, brief question-and-answer sessions, discussion integrated into the lecture, impromptu writing assignments, hands-on activities, and experiential learning events."

-- University of Washington Center for Teaching and Learning.
"Promoting Student Engagement Through Active Learning."


"We might think of active learning as an approach to instruction in which students engage the material they study through reading, writing, talking, listening, and reflecting. Active learning stands in contrast to "standard" modes of instruction in which teachers do most of the talking and students are passive." 

-- University of Minnesota Center for Teaching and Learning.
"What Is Active Learning?"   

What is "Flipping the Classroom"?

Flipping the classroom is a “pedagogy-first” approach to teaching. In this approach in-class time is “re-purposed” for inquiry, application, and assessment in order to better meet the needs of the individual learners. Students gain control of the learning process through studying course material outside of class, using readings, pre-recorded video lectures ... or research assignments. During class time, instructors become facilitators of the learning process by helping students work through problems individually and in groups."

--University of Washington Center for Teaching and Learning. "Flipping the Classroom". 

Techniques & Activities

The following websites contain practical activities that you could adapt for your workshop:

Active Learning at UW

Odegaard Active Learning Classroom
OUGL Active Learning Classroom

Active Learning Tools

Online tools that you could use to facilitate active learning.