Active learning is an evidence-based approach to teaching which actively engages students in the learning process. The focus is on students, their activities, and their learning, rather than on the activities of the instructor.
The resources here will introduce you to active learning, to technologies which support it, and to examples by Tufts faculty. Methods that promote active learning include cooperative learning, peer instruction, Team-Based Learning, Problem-Based Learning, and Case-Based Learning.
What is Active Learning?
- Introduction to Active Learning (University of Michigan)
- Active Learning Continuum (CIRTL, UMich)
- Lecture vs. Active Learning: Reframing the Conversation (Faculty Focus)
Active Learning Techniques
- Approaches to Teaching (Teaching@Tufts)
- Interactive Lecturing (Teaching@Tufts)
- Active Learning Tip Sheet (Teaching@Tufts)
Active Learning Technologies
- A short summary of active learning ideas (Duke)
- Some model experiments: Technology-Enabled Active Learning (MIT)
- Tufts Teaching with Technology: Active Learning Technologies (Tufts)
Active Learning Methods Used by Tufts Faculty
- Pulling Out All the Stops: Engaging Students in Learning Computer Science (Tufts Faculty Blog)
- An Experiment in Producing Long-Lasting Learning (Tufts Faculty Blog)
- Flipping the Classroom to Encourage “Real Time” Learning in Medical Histology (Tufts Faculty Blog)
- Innovative Opportunities for Student-Centered Dance Teaching: Jaclyn Waguespack (Tufts Faculty Blog)