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Active Learning

"Active learning engages students in the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, as opposed to passively listening to an expert. It emphasizes higher-order thinking and often involves group work." * 


Making Active Learning Work, University of Minnesota

A tutorial with many sections of content, specific examples, and case study videos.

Introduction to Active/Cooperative Learning, The Foundation Coalition

Created for use by engineering educators, this site contains brief articles and links to additional resources. 


Wieman, C. E. (2014). Large-scale comparison of science teaching methods sends clear message. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(23), 8319–8320.

Prince, M. (2004), Does active learning work? A review of the research. Journal of Engineering Education, 93: 223–231. doi: 10.1002/j.2168-9830.2004.tb00809.x

Armbruster, P., Patel, M., Johnson, E., & Weiss, M. (2009). Active learning and student-centered pedagogy improve student attitudes and performance in introductory biology. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 8(3), 203–213.

Frymier, A. B., & Houser, M. L. (2015). The Role of oral participation in student engagement. Communication Education, 65(1), 83–104.

Weimer, M. (2016, June 29) Six things faculty can do to promote student engagement [Blog]. Retrieved from


Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth Barkley, 2009

Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2nd Edition by Elizabeth Barkley, 2014

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose and others, 2010

Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors by Linda Nilson, 2010

What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain, 2004


*Freeman, S., Eddy, S. L., McDonough, M., Smith, M. K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., & Wenderoth, M. P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(23), 8410–8415.