Active Learning in the Classroom

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These resources present guidance on ways of facilitating active learning in the classroom. These resources are organized around four types of learning activities that support:

Activity Categories
Critical Thinking
Discussions
Prior Knowledge
Problem-Solving
Analytic Memo Buzz Group Background Knowledge Probe Analytic Team
Categorizing Grid Round Robin Empty Outlines Case Studies
Content, Form, & Function Talking Chips Focused Listing Group Investigations
Defining Features Think/Pair/Share Memory Matrix Send-A-Problem
Pro and Con Grid Three-Step Interview Minute Paper | Muddiest Point Structured Problem-Solving
Student-Defined Questions Fishbowl Discussion Think-Aloud Pair Problem-Solving
Small-Group Discussions

Non-verbal feedback approaches

In addition to the use of classroom amplification, instructors can leverage Top Hat classroom response system to present questions and to poll students in place of verbal conversations.

Sources/Citations

These activities are taken from the books Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook For College Teachers by Thomas Angelo and K. Patricia Cross, and Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook For College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley, Claire Howell Major, and K. Patricia Cross — presents activities you can use to address specific learning outcomes. Each approach includes a basic description and overview of its outcomes, along with steps to guide its use in your course. Each technique in this resource was selected based on three criteria: ease of design, ease of implementation, and time needed to respond to activity.

  • Angelo, Thomas A., and K. Patricia Cross. Classroom Assessment Techniques: a Handbook for College Teachers. Jossey-Bass, 1993. pp. 159-180.
  • Barkley, Elizabeth F. et al. Collaborative Learning Techniques A Handbook For College Faculty. Wiley, 2014. pp. 152.

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Owner:Timmo D.Group:Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring
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