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Active Learning Best Practices

Active learning enables students to efficiently build knowledge and understanding by having them engage in activities that require higher order thinking skills. The active learning strategies instructors implement in class can accelerate student skill development by optimizing how students encounter, engage and reflect on new information and ideas.

From Think-Pair-Share exercises to using Audience Response Systems, there are a variety of ways to engage students in active learning (see the University of Minnesota's Center for Educational Innovation for a variety of strategies).

The Ed Tech team is here to help you develop active learning strategies that enable your learning objectives and provide students practice on the specific skills you have determined they need. Contact the Ed Tech team at for a brief consultation on tailoring active learning techniques to your specific class session.