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Active Learning Strategies Examples

What are some examples of Active Learning Strategies?

Active learning strategies take the approach of getting students to actively participate in the learning process rather than passively waiting for the instructor to impart knowledge to them.  Active learning strategies seek to have students think critically, question, problem-solve, analyze, apply and connect course concepts, new ideas and experiences to what they already know. 

There are many strategies that can be used to good effect depending on your discipline and how much time you want to put into developing the strategy, how much class time you want to devote to the strategy, whether you want to grade the material produced by your students, and how far you want students to dive into interacting with the material.   Below are a few strategies you might be familiar with, or you can click to see an exhaustive list of 226 Active Learning Techniques from the Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.