Active Learning

“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.”

 John Holt

2020 eLearning Symposium

Why Active Learning?

Active learning is an instructional model which focuses on having the students be an active part of the learning experience, rather than a passive listener as with a traditional lecture. This doesn’t mean that it can’t involve lecturing, but the more lecturing, the fewer opportunities for activity and student interactions.

Constructivism is an approach to learning that holds that people actively construct or make their own knowledge and that reality is determined by the experiences of the learner.

Sample activities The standby “Think – Pair – Share” or pausing during lectures for polling. Short writing activities in class or a “fishbowl” activity. Various collaborative technologies (like Padlet) or perhaps student presentations.

The research on active learning is deep and tells us it works. Does it work in Engineering? Moving from passive to active lecturing?

Being engaged and present goes beyond being physically or virtually there. Breathe, think about the moment, be a witness, let go…

Closing up distance, move around and free yourself from the lectern. Make sure you look like you are reaching out to those you are speaking with.

Sarita Shukla

Did you do your homework? Using Entry/exit tickets with Padlet
| Sarita’s presentation |

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Made with Padlet

Alaron Lewis

Ursula Valdez

Made with Padlet

Break  – 10 minutes –

Active Learning Toolkit

The theme for today is “Being engaged and present in learning spaces”.  As we know from the literature, engagement is an important part of active learning and active learning has been shown time and time again to be an effective catalyst for learning. Research at Harvard University published last fall shared again the proven benefits of active learning and interestingly enough, measuring actual learning against student feelings of learning. The article explains further how when students were given the opportunity to assess their actual learning vs their feelings of learning. One of the recommendations from the article is to involve students in the why of active learning and the cognitive benefits early on and throughout the course.

Students engaged in active learning often are:

  • talking with each other in small groups or large discussions
  • developing skills rather than memorizing information
  • using higher order thinking
  • doing something physical
  • constructing knowledge or artifacts

We have including the resource from Western Washington University Active Learning Toolkit that offers literature review and great ideas for applying active learning in the classroom.

Ko Niitsu

Mindfulness in the Classroom

About Flexible Spaces



January 27th through the 31st,  2020

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February 3rd through the 28th, 2020

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