Active Learning Strategies

"In the traditional approach to college teaching, most class time is spent with the professor lecturing and the students watching and listening. The students work individually on assignments, and cooperation is discouraged. Such teacher-centered instructional methods have repeatedly been found inferior to instruction that involves active learning, in which students solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, explain, debate, or brainstorm during class, and cooperative learning, in which students work in teams on problems and projects under conditions that assure both positive interdependence and individual accountability. This conclusion applies whether the assessment measure is short-term mastery, long-term retention, or depth of understanding of course material, acquisition of critical thinking or creative problem-solving skills, formation of positive attitudes toward the subject being taught, or level of confidence in knowledge or skills."
— Richard Felder, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Active Learning
Richard Felder, North Carolina State University
Links to articles discussing Dr. Felder's research on active and collaborative learning and exploring strategies for implementation.

Active Learning
Center for Teaching Excellence, Cornell University

Active Learning
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Promoting Active Learning
Teaching Commons, Stanford University

Approaches to Interactive Classrooms
Center for Faculty Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Active Learning Works: The Evidence”
Geoff Petty,

Leading Effective Discussions
Graduate Teaching Center, Yale University

Active Learning for the College Classroom
Donald Paulson and Jennifer Faust, California State University, Los Angeles

Introduction to Cooperative Learning
Roger T. Johnson and David W. Johnson, Cooperative Learning Institute
Established by two of the best-known researchers in cooperative learning, the Institute provides resources and training on practical procedures related to cooperative learning, school-based decision making, academic controversy, decision-making controversy, conflict resolution, and leadership training.