The following are links to the resource sections of several respected centers for teaching and learning and other electronic versions of important publications on college teaching. If you have other favorites to share, please send the links to the Associate Provost.
In passive learning, students sit in the classroom and listen to you lecture. In active learning, students interact with the course material in a variety of ways, thus making it more likely that they will retain what they have learned.
Eastern Kentucky University TLC Teaching Tips
This large collection of links is a great gateway to articles about active learning.
Teaching Strategies: Active and Collaborative Learning
From the University of Michigan CRLT, another collection of annotated links.
Active Learning for the College Classroom
Twenty-nine techniques for active learning, summarized by two University of California, L.A. professors.
From the University of Oklahoma Instructional Development Program, a model of active learning with some suggestions for implementing it.
IDEA Paper 34: Focusing on Active, Meaningful Learning
A Kansas State biology professor shares some techniques that have worked for her. This link will probably take you to the Idea Center home page. Click on “IDEA Papers,” and then select IDEA Paper 34.
A quick guide to active learning from the University of Central Florida Faculty Center. Nearly everything is presented in short bullet points.
How to Teach Using Role-Playing
The Carleton College Geology Department has a great teaching and learning website. This page tells you everything you need to know about role-playing as a teaching tool.
Professional Development Module on Active Learning
A professor at El Paso Community College discusses aspects of active learning, including what to do with students who have a hard time getting involved. This article also contains an extensive bibliography with several helpful links.
The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science has many examples of case studies as well as information on how to use and assess them.
Drew Dunham's Presentation: "Who are our students? Who will be our students?" (Microsoft PowerPoint Format)
Resources and Reports
Suggested Reading: Capturing and Directing the Motivation to Learn (PDF)
Other Resources: Motivating Students' Best Work
Resources and Reports
Suggested Reading: How People Learn - Brain, Mind, Experience, and School