Active learning names a wide range of processes in which instructors support students to actively participate in, contribute to, and reflect on their learning of new information, concepts, and skills.
There is evidence that teaching techniques that promote active learning, in both small and large class contexts, can increase students’ ability to comprehend complex material and boost their academic performance. These resources support the incorporation of active learning techniques — both modest and large-scale, both low- and high-tech — into any classroom of any size.
Collaborative Learning & Group Work
Key components of many active learning strategies, collaboration and group work have many benefits to student learning. These include building positive interdependence in the classroom; enhancing student understanding of complex topics through peer-to-peer instruction; increasing students’ ability to access diverse perspectives; providing the opportunity for students to receive social support and grow their peer networks; and encouraging students to develop their own perspectives in relation to their peers. These resources support instructors to design group work effectively and accessibly.