active learning

Student Views on Instructor Engagement

As an instructor, you’re interested in student engagement.

    Are your students fully present when they’re in class?
    Do they participate in discussions and show an eagerness to contribute?
    Does the class mean more to them than just a grade on a transcript? 
    Are they moving beyond mere memorization into deeper levels of learning and understanding?
  The more frequently you answer “yes” to these questions, the more likely it is that you feel they’re engaged in the class, and engaged with you. But did you ever stop to wonder if your students are watching you to see how engaged you are in the process as well? As Read More…


The Role that Active Learning Plays in Engaging and Motivating Students

Are you eager to increase your students’ engagement with course material, as well as their motivation to participate in class? If so, you may wish to incorporate active learning principles into your course—and today’s video may offer you additional ideas and inspiration. Here, Cengage Learning management author Ricky Griffin discusses the value of making the classroom an active learning environment. He describes how active-learning strategies can be used to promote student engagement and true learning, and he underlines the role that activities, discussions, and cases can play in increasing skill and proficiency in the concepts you cover in your Read More…


Active Learning: A Foundation for the Classroom

Guest Contributor: Dr. Jennifer Hurd. Active learning is a teaching strategy used in many classrooms today. In active learning, the student constructs learning — often in collaboration with other students. The teacher becomes a facilitator of learning rather than a giver of knowledge. Active learning is a student-centered approach. Let me share some personal background on my experience with active learning. Before I learned about active learning, I was a lecturer. I walked in the door talking and walked out talking. Then I met a man named John Parker. He conducted a workshop on active learning and showed many activities that could be used in class regardless of content. I Read More…


Five Reasons NOT to Use Active Learning in Your Class

Why would you want to include a new way of teaching into your classroom when its benefits are so clear? With a wink, read on to learn about five reasons why you shouldn’t take advantage of an active learning model in your classroom: If you don’t lecture, you’ll lose control of the class.
Nobody wants their classroom to look like a scene from Lord of the Flies, unless of course you’re teaching theater – you get a pass. In fact, some faculty could worry that student interaction will lead to chaos in the classroom. While it’s true that with Read More…


Creating a “Lecture Map” that Facilitates Active Listening

A lecture may be crafted with consistency and clarity, but sometimes an audience—especially one unfamiliar with your topic—needs some help to follow your train of thought. In Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lectern, Constance Staley offers some suggestions for building a helpful “lecture map” that orients listeners to your message’s key concepts. Download a helpful active-listening activitythat will hlep students build these skills. Reference: Content adapted from Staley, Constance. 2003. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lectern. Belmont: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. Do you have additional thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on this topic? Please share your comments below.     Read More…


What Do You Mean, Active Learning?

Active learning can conjure images of getting up and doing jumping jacks in classroom aisles. For many of us, escaping the grips of high school gym class never came soon enough and it’s probably not something we’d like to revisit. Never fear. When we talk about active learning, we aren’t being that literal. But what is active learning, and why is it important in today’s classroom? In Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lectern, Constance Staley writes that today’s teachers are encouraged to take a more facilitative role in the learning experience – an approach that she writes “Requires a Read More…