Faculty Development & Learning Assessment

Learning & Teaching Topics

Active Learning Strategies

Active learning can be defined as learning environments and strategies that allow “students to talk and listen, read, write, and reflect as they approach course content through problem-solving exercises, informal small groups, simulations, case studies, role playing, and other activities — all of which require students to apply what they are learning” (Meyers and Jones, 1993, p. xi).

Why Does this Pedagogical Strategy Help Students Learn?

How to Utilize Active Learning Strategies:

Topic References

Paulson, D.R. & Faust, J.L. (n.d.) Active Learning for the College Classroom. Retrieved April 14, 2009, from Cal State L.A. Web site: http://www.calstatela.edu/dept/chem/chem2/Active/

University of Minnesota Center for Teaching and Learning. (2009). Scenes from a Classroom: Making Active Learning Work. Retrieved April 14, 2009, from Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching Web site: http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=329407

Minnesota State Colleges & Universities. (n.d.) Active Learning in Diverse Classrooms. Retrieved April 14, 2009, from Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Web site: http://ctlactivediverse.project.mnscu.edu/

ELIXR. (n.d.) Active Learning Groups in Organic Chemistry. ELIXR Case Story. Retrieved April 14, 2009, from MERLOT Web site: http://pachyderm.cdl.edu/elixr-stories/active-learning-chemistry/

HSU Connection

Two-thirds of the HSU student body meet the definition of “Millennial” students, typically a group very receptive to active learning strategies.