Active Learning Strategies

To encourage student involvement and enhance long-term learning (more than memorization), consider the following:

  •  Case studies and simulation allow students to think and reflect, both individually and in groups. These real-world situations allow student to gain a broader view and increase understanding. An analysis of cases helps student develop higher levels of learning and enhances creative problem solving.
  • Concept maps, or frameworks, are visual representations for organizing knowledge and showing connections among various course topics.  Student-created concepts can be used to assess student understanding of relationships among various course concepts.
  • Short writing assignments can a valid gauge of student learning. Using open-ended questions can encourage reflection and feedback on the subject matter. Possible prompts for these short papers might include: (1) What was the most important learning from today’s class? (2) What topic needs to be further clarified? (3) How did you prepare for today’s class? (4) What was most beneficial about today’s class learning environment.:

For additional information on active learning strategies go to:

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/three-active-learning-strategies-push-students-beyond-memorization/

 Teaching Suggestions

  • Ask students to suggest ideas to enhance their involvement in class.
  • Conduct online research to obtain additional information on active learning strategies.

 Discussion Questions 

  1. What are potential benefits of active learning strategies?
  2. What concerns might be associated with active learning?
  3. What active learning techniques have you used?
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