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Active Learning

"Active Learning" is generally defined as any instructional activity that engages students to participate in the learning process, often in groups. This is in contrast to the traditional lecture format where students passively receive information from the instructor.

Teaching and Learning Commons continues to introduce new collaborative classrooms and other active learning initiatives to assist instructors in utilizing interactive modes of teaching. In addition to the list below, new/prototype resources are continually being developed. If you are interested in participating, please let us know.


Wireless Teaching Pilot
Instructor stands by students teaching from tablet computer

Solstice Pilot Initiative
Use your own familiar mobile device
Untether from the lectern and engage with students
4 simultaneous users can collaborate/participate

Infographics (provided by CPASS)
Thumbnail of Active Learning Infographic

Collaborative Furniture Testing
Sketch of Classroom with Collaborative Furniture

Demonstrations & Testing Nov. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Popular furniture brands on display
Side-by-side "Try before you buy" opportunity
Promotes Team-Based Active Learning

Collaborative Classrooms
Classroom with mobile furniture grouped together

Contains Collaborative Furniture and/or Technology
Loose table-chair, tablet-arm chair, or swivel-chair units
More easily used for group/team work
Often with displays with signal-input for students

TLC Workshops
Request your own session or view one of these:
YouTube Video Thumbnail  Engaging Students: Learning by Doing

YouTube Video Thumbnail  Engaging Students: Reaching All Learners in Large Classes

YouTube Video Thumbnail  Engaging Students: Tapping into the Powers of Group Work

YouTube Video Thumbnail   Beyond the Bullet Points: Rethinking the Traditional Lecture (from WVU Celebrate 2019)

External Resources:

Lecture vs Active Learning: Reframing the Conversation,

Three Active Learning Strategies That Push Students Beyond Memorization,

Changing the Way We Deliver Instruction,

Learner-Centered Teaching: 10 Ideas for Getting Started,

Nine Ways to Improve Class Discussions, Faculty

How to Make Your Teaching More Engaging, Chronicle of Higher Education

Center for Educational Innovation, University of Minnesota

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Indiana's Active-Learning Mosaic Expands, Inside Higher Ed

'Active Learning' Math Initiative Expands to 12 Universities, Inside Higher Ed

Active Learning Increases Student Performance in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences

Measuring Actual Learning Versus Feeling of Learning in Response to Being Actively Engaged in the Classroom, National Academy of Sciences

Confessions of a Converted Lecturer by Professor Eric Mazur (Video)

Active Learning: A Practical Guide for College Faculty (Book)

Inspiring Active Learning: A Complete Handbook for Today's Teachers (Book)